Tonight was her turn.
All day I kept thinking about how I would get to eat Sweet Frog again tonight… (I know, by now you’re thinking I have ulterior motives in taking my kids out one by one! Really, it’s just a bonus for mom…a cool perk…)
This evening when I reminded her that it’s her turn tonight, she immediately started hugging me and getting all excited! I love all my kids. But taking Daisy out is so, so much fun. She is naturally brimming with love and hugs. So something like this…she just overflows.
And so after dinner we headed out…she chattering excitedly about everything she saw along the way.
“Look, a little monster truck!”
Then she started asking where we were going. I described Sweet Frog to her…jogging her memory.
“But I want a cone!!” She shrieked! Oh. But surely…
I did my best to convince her on Sweet Frog. You know, you put ice cream in the cup then strawberries then candy… c’mon! What child wouldn’t be jumping up and down by now!
“I want a cone.”
Deep sigh of disappointment inside of me. But hey, I AM doing this for her, so I turned around and headed back toward Braums.
We go inside. Oh my. She is so beautiful and sweet. I’m proud to be her mama. We walk up to the counter. She sees a picture of green ice cream in a cone and decides on green. I get a vanilla cone. I barely wanted it. I can’t do much sugar without feeling nasty. I’ve been off of the stuff for too long. But I knew I’d be sad not to lick something.
We went and sat down.
Two minutes into her ice cream, she announced that it’s yucky. She does not like it! I didn’t blame her. It was a scary color of green. So I took it and chunked it into the trash. Then I gave her my cone.
She licked for about one minute, then announced that it’s not good either! Oh dear. The honesty of children! It was good. I have no idea what her deal was. By then I was heartily wishing we had gone to Sweet Frog! Well, she likes the cone. So cool. I went and got a spoon and dug out the ice cream. She was happy.
About then she started asking for water. I told her we’ll get water when we get home. She finally said okay. But then a bit later, she noticed the family in the corner had glasses of water! The dad was very friendly and smiling at us. I mean, Daisy kind of melted everyone in her path tonight.
“Mom, they have water. Please go get me water.”
I had to laugh. This child!
Okay. I went and got her water. Ahh. Happy. She sipped away. Then…
“I gotta’ pee!” Of course. Even though I *told* you to pee before we left.
“Does this place have a bathroom?” Okay, now she was sounding all grown up. I grinned and we went and found one.
We are on the way back from the bathroom, when we met the family in the corner, leaving. The dad was looking all friendly, and he bent down to talk with Daisy. She sailed right past him, heading for our table. Oh. She must not have noticed! He began to tell her…
“We think your dress is…” and finished by telling me…
“Lovely!” I thanked him and followed my girl.
We sat down and she ate nibbles and talked and cuddled up to me. Ahh. Love my litta’ lady. Then she noticed a vehicle driving past the window. She waved. Then she told me…
“They are my friends.” Or something like that.
“That man tried to talk to me, but I walked as fast as I can.” I choked. She knew he was trying to talk with her!! I burst out laughing.
“I don’t like him!”
“Why not?” I was still laughing pretty hard.
“He’s kind of…shy…”
Oh my. Every couple minutes I’d break into giggles again. The image of Daisy marching right past the friendly man, her chin in the air…it was just too much. Here I worry about her..because she’s so trusting and loving…and yo, she can take care of herself!
“Mom, why are you laughing?”
“You are so funny…!”
And so went our time at Braums.
I finally convinced her to finish her waffle cone. Then we headed home. As we drove into our little, winding lane…
“Mom, what’s home is here?”
“The dark woods. Is it the home of the bear?” I burst out laughing again…
“No, no bear.”
“Well, what is it the home of?”
“A rabbit. I saw a rabbit here before.” I tried to convince her.
…and thus went the night out with my Daisy girl.
She brings a lot of joy into my soul.