My youngest daughter is funny. She is funny in a purposeful way, but also funny in a totally unintended way too. I was reminded of this little tale by my supervisor the other day...
When Popcorn was in Kindergarten, we were in the process of moving back to Oklahoma. Brent had already came to this state in March, and we had decided that I would stay in South Texas, letting our kids complete the school year, as he was going to be living in a travel trailer, and we didn't know exactly where we were going to live. We didn't want to put them in one school for the final two months of school, then change to a different school the final year. This was hard and we ended up pulling the kids out of school at the end of the year and home schooling them...Of course, we made that decision when Oklahoma had only two weeks of school left, and Texas still had nearly a month, so I use the term loosely...Read here "no curriculum but we read books and colored every day and did math papers. Oh, and we went to the zoo at least three times a week because we were living in a travel trailer, and I wasn't working, so the zoo was free since we had a pass and I would pack a lunch." Did you ever think you'd hear the words "PLEASE don't make us go to the zoo again, Mommy." I heard it over and over. But I was going insane in that trailer, and there is only so much time you can spend on the campground swing set and playing ping pong with a 6 & 7 year old before you lose your mind...
However, this story actually takes place BEFORE we had moved here.
Back stories with a person this verbose are unavoidable.
It was Mother's Day. My beautiful children insisted they make me breakfast in bed. The made toast with peanut butter and honey, a bowl of cereal, and a pot of coffee. They used nearly the entire can of coffee for one pot. So it was good and strong!
As we prepared for church Popcorn informed me we were eating out for lunch. We were on a very tight budget as we were paying for Brent's trailer park rent plus our normal household expenses and I had stopped working so I could be the sole care giver for the kids. I evaded saying that I would probably just make us a quick lunch. Popcorn was having none of that! "No, Mommy. I'm taking YOU out!"
So after church we loaded into our van and she instructed me to head to Dairy Queen. There we ordered our regular food, me a cheeseburger with everything and fries, and the girls each got a popcorn chicken meal. When it came time to pay Popcorn turned to me and whispered, "Mom! I need your debit card so I can pay for lunch!"
And she took my card and happily swiped it. She proudly handed it back to me and said, "Happy Mother's Day!"