I have a red head you can borrow. His rates are pretty cheap...LEGO is his currency.
Last year during the WASL tests, Mark and I did entertaining things like go to the Children's Museum while Braeden and Emma were gone.
This year, not so much.
Yesterday after kindergarten and toiling away over digraphs and subtraction, Mark and I cleaned his room. Not fun.
Today after kindergarten we did our part to stimulate the economy.
And no, I'm no dummy, there were bribes involved.
Mark trailed around behind me at Cost Plus Imports. "No Mark, don't touch that." "Or that." "Stay by me Mark." "Put that back Mark." I think he had a lot of fun.
In the van he said, "So, do you want me to be your radio?" and he sang Phantom of the Opera and Bionicle songs then some Star Wars (instrumentals) for good measure.
At the mall he relented to a new blue and white pinstriped church shirt that looks extremely dapper even though the collar "bugged" him and he looked like a "complete idiot". Then he clamped his hand over his eyes and faced the wall (just in case) while I tried on jeans. He followed me through the girls' section to look at dresses for Emma (which was painful) then back to the girls' section to return the first dress because a spot was found on it. He lay on the floor and said his legs were going to fall off. They didn't.
At Target he stoically looked at shampoo and nylons and when he thought all may just be lost, we found the toy aisle and a pirate Lego set that is his very heart's desire.
He told me "you're awesome" and "you rock Mom". The feeling is completely mutual.