Saturday, November 20, 2010

Making a List, Checking it Twice

We were in desperate need of some groceries. I threw out the idea of grocery shopping to the boys. Their response was akin to me suggesting all four get root canals. The moans and howls echoed throughout the house.

Then Caleb threw out a compromise: Couldn't we squeeze in time to make Christmas wish lists before we bothered with getting pesky things like milk and eggs? Sold. I could withstand a few minutes in the toy aisles if they agreed to grin and bear it through the frozen foods.

So, the five of us headed to Target, landing first in the toy aisle. Each older boy came fully prepared, clutching a blank sheet of paper and a writing utensil. They were meticulous in their work, ensuring we traveled down each aisle, double checking each section, careful not to leave any "favorite" off the list. After a while, I began to think they should just write down what they don't want as the list became longer and longer.

Finally, we hit the last aisle. They each handed me a front and back exhaustive list. Let's just say Santa won't be lacking any ideas this year. They skipped out of the aisles with visions of toys and games swirling in their heads. I walked out thinking a big talk about Christmas expectations will be in order.

About a month until Christmas, oh my!

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