Lillian needed to pick up some items at the grocery store today while I was at work. She took the kids with her, and put Aaron (in his carseat) in the grocery cart and let Maddie walk along beside her.
Maddie had other ideas. She likes playing hide-and-seek at home. But we’re all getting used to the usual hiding spots. The grocery store, on the other hand, had lots of places to run and hide.
So off she goes. Running away from Lillian. Lillian calls for her, but to no avail. Maddie loves it, it’s just one big game. This happened a couple of times, and one time Maddie got far enough away, Lillian had to leave Aaron in the grocery cart and run after Maddie.
At the check-out stand, as Lillian starts putting the groceries on the little conveyer belt, Maddie seizes another opportunity. She turns to the candy rack, grabs a Hershey’s bar, and bites directly into it. Chomp! Lillian catches this just in time to see Maddie swallow the paper wrapper, foil wrapper, and chocolaty goodness all in one big go. Gulp! There was nothing Lillian could do. The damage was done, everybody saw. So, she bought the Hershey’s bar with a 2-year-old’s bite in it.
Lillian needed to buy some items at the drug store right next to the grocery store. This should be a little easier. She gets her stuff, goes to the check-out counter, and quick-as-lightning, there goes Maddie. Grab! Chomp! Chew, chew, chew– Drat! Foiled! She couldn’t get this one down. It was a Rolo. Lillian was able to get the wrappers and candy out of Maddie’s mouth this time. But, from Lillian’s perspective, the damage was done. Everybody saw. Again. She bought the Rolo went to the car, buckled the kids in and went home with more candy than she intended to buy.
That’s why I’ve got a Hershey’s and a Rolo with bites taken out of them sitting on my kitchen counter, and one exasperated wife in the family room.