Those of you who have kids or work with young children are probably familiar with Laura Numeroff’s popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie picture book series. “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw. . .” The book continues on to describe the needs of this high-maintenance little mouse.
Yesterday, I planned to spend part of the afternoon going to the grocery store and then running in to IKEA to get a curtain rod for the curtains I bought for Big Brother’s room earlier in the week. I invited BB to go with me, because he loves IKEA and usually likes grocery shopping as well. He agreed to go. He also had some Easter/birthday/tooth fairy money burning a hole in his pocket. So here is what I learned yesterday:
If you give a kid some money, he’s going to want to go to the store with you.
If you take him to the store with you, he’ll want to look at the toys.
If he looks at the toys, he’ll want to buy one.
If he has to buy the toy with his own money, he’ll spend forever deciding which to purchase.
If he spends a long time looking at the toys, he’ll ask you for a donut because he’s hungry.
If you buy him a donut, he’ll need a drink.
If you get him a drink, he’ll have to rush to the bathroom later.
If you take him to his favorite store, he’ll want to go to the children’s “drop-off” play area.
If you take him to the drop-off play area, he’ll ask you to stay away until the very minute you’re required to retrieve him. (60 minute limit)
If you stay away until the very minute you’re required to retrieve him, he’ll be hungry for dinner.
If you eat at the favorite store’s cafe, he’ll want to play in the play area there, too.
And on and on. This is why two errands that, had I gone alone, would have taken 3 hours max (including travel time) took 5.5 hours! I didn’t mind – I knew we’d be a while, and I really enjoy taking him with me – but I was a little surprised when we left at 2:45 and returned at 8:15! I think hubby was surprised too.