The boys were ecstatic after a win for their little league baseball team a couple of weeks ago. It was after 7:00 in the evening. We headed to Target because we needed a few things before we called it an evening. We drove up the access road of the highway to get to Target with the windows open when a certain little boy farted in the Tahoe and it stunk so bad that the rest of us were gagging.
It was that moment that set the tone for the rest of the evening.
We got to Target, parked, went inside, and got a shopping cart. Trip drove the cart for the first part of the excursion. We had made our first turn through the store and had made it to the cosmetics aisle when I felt a child sized foot kick my butt.
(I’ve got to preface the rest of this story with this. We play hard. We love fiercely. We rarely hurt each others feelings.)
I whipped around and exclaimed, “Logan!”
He grinned and pointed at Ed.
“Daddy did it,” he said with a grin.
“Boy! I know what a little boy foot feels like on my butt! Quit that!” I told him. He grinned like he hadn’t heard me.
We continued around the store gathering our needed supplies whilst jumping out of each others way and continuing our banter. Logan and Ed were on one side. Trip was on my side, telling the other two to leave me alone and blocking impending blows. There were not any other actual blows that landed, but there was a lot of jumping out of the way and feigned blows throughout the trip around the store.
Now, I’m fine with all of the banter and rough housing while we’re shopping, but when I’m at the check out line, I am done with all of the rough housing. Not finished. Done. My mother will probably spin in her chair when she reads this, but there’s a time to use finished and a time to use done. For this instance, I was DONE!
So we all loaded the items we were buying on the check out belt and I told Logan and Ed several times to behave themselves. They pretended like they were going to behave themselves. I should have known it was a ruse.
It was finally our turn with the cashier. She started checking our items and I took my place beside the register so I could watch the monitor as the items were checked. You never know when an item will ring up with the wrong price and this is true at any store. You might have to wait for 20 minutes while a someone else goes to check the advertised price and comes back to verify the price you’ve quoted the cashier, but do you really want to pay the wrong price? I don’t.
It was during this careful watching of the register that I felt another boy-sized foot kick my butt.
I lost my cool. I whipped around and grabbed Logan by the face. I threatened life and limb and video game privileges and movement outside of his bedroom for the rest of his life.
He got a little worried and refused to look me in the eye. That’s his go to move when he’s in trouble- refusing to look his accuser in the eye when he’s in trouble.
And then it happened.
Tap, tap, tap.
Ed was tapping me on the shoulder.
“She wants you to pay,” he said. He meant the cashier.
I rolled my eyes at him and returned to the register. I set my purse on the counter and swiped my credit card across the credit machine. When the signature line popped up, I heard my little boy, Logan, say to me, “Mommy, you know your parole officer said you couldn’t do that anymore.”
What? What did he just say? Did my baby really just say that to me??? In public, no less???
(I need to preface the rest of this story with the fact that I have no parole officer. I have never been to prison. I have never been to jail. I have never been arrested or spent a single night in jail. I did recently learn though that when you are arrested, you are given an orange jumpsuit to wear and your underwear and bra are taken from you. That means that if you need to use the restroom, you have to strip down to nothingness and go in front of an audience. Totally not my cup of tea, thank you very much!)
Before Logan, the demon child, even had that completely out of his mouth, his father started speaking. “Honey, you know the CPS officer said you couldn’t do that in public anymore.”
Really? Really??? It’s a conspiracy!!! They’re all evil! At least, two of them are. Demons!!
I’m sure the look on my face was one of shock. The cashier was giggling. I’m pretty sure I was blushing from head to toe. There was nothing for me to do but laugh. Sometimes, there’s nothing to do but admit defeat.
They may have won this round, but I’m good for many more rounds.
It’s game on, boys!!