And So It Begins
In every child's life comes the thing they want so bad, they'll drive their parents to the brink of insanity to get it.
Ella was desperately trying to get Michelle's attention. This had been going on for about 15 minutes now, and Michelle was doing her best to ignore her and just get the shopping done.
"Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy."
Finally Michelle snapped.
"Ella! Mommy is trying to find these things on her list. What do you want?"
Ella stuck out her bottom lip and made her eyes real big as she held up the Disney Charm Book so Michelle could see it.
"Honey, you have a bunch of those books at home already. I just bought you one last week, remember?"
But Ella would not be deterred. As Michelle pushed the cart up and down the aisles, Ella followed closely behind her.
"Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom."
At first Michelle was thrilled that Ella had taken such an interest in the imaginative picture books. But she quickly realized that Ella was only sort of interested in the stories. What she was really after was the charm necklaces that came with each one.
"Mom. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mom. Mommy. Mom."
Ella was what one might call a persistent child. So far she had Dumbo, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland and 101 Dalmatians. That left Lady and the Tramp, Mickey Mouse, Mickey and Minnie and Peter Pan. Michelle knew she wouldn't stop asking until she had them all, and she couldn't endure another shopping trip like this, much less four. So she just went ahead and bought the entire second bundle to complete Ella's collection.
Some might say it was giving in. But Michelle would argue it was preserving her sanity.