Outings with Linus
Linus can be so sweet when we are shopping together. He was so good on Friday for me. We had five stores we had to go to, including Sam’s Club, which he loves for the samples. He cooperated and stayed in the cart pretty well. Near the end of the trip, I treated him to his birthday pizza slice and soda at Big Y. I tried to pursuade him to get the light lemonade, but he really wanted soda. I gave in seeing as I don’t buy soda and it was his birthday coupon. They were even nice enough to let him get a pepperoni slice, even though the coupon said it was for cheese pizza. I had offered to pay the difference. They had a three meat one, but he was stuck on just plain pepperoni. I personally would have picked the Tuscan Chicken.
I wasn’t that hungry, after all the samples at Sam’s, so I didn’t get anything for myself. It was also getting past his naptime so I was trying to get him home. I had him eat while he was sitting in the carriage by setting the pizza plate on the coupon tray and the soda in the cup holder. He insisted on sharing with me. I don’t know if he was getting full, if he really wanted to share, or both. He did have a few cookies already too because some grocery stores hand them out to children.
He would take one bite, and then tell me how and where I should bite the slice. Next, he would instruct me on how to take a sip of soda. And he did this multiple times, until the pizza was gone. It was like he was playing my parent. I would have been happy watching him enjoy the pizza, but if he was making me share it, how could I say no?
I miss when Linus and I would go out for lunch. I am planning on making it more of a regular thing, though hopefully not so close to his naptime in order to enjoy it more slowly. Also, it would be a good incentive for having good behavior while shopping. I told him ahead of time I had some coupons for different treats if he was good, and that seemed to help a little. One time, I treated him with a Thomas fruit snack that I had left over from his birthday party. I still have a few left for emergencies.
On Wednesday, we walked to Dunkin’ Donuts because of the 99 cent medium iced coffee where 50 cents goes to the children’s hospital. I asked if I could use a survey coupon where you get a free donut with the purchase of a medium beverage, and at first they said no. But Linus kept asking where his donut was, and plus he is cute, so she decided to try it in the register any way. Linus was so excited when it worked. I got him the Undercover Black Cocoa Donut because he loves stars. Of course, he had to share it. No complaining here! Since I had an iced coffee, he needed a little cup of ice to put his milk in so he could, “Cheers,” me. It was too cute. There are times where his has to cheers everything at the dinner table from his straw, to his cup, and even his fork.
I really enjoy our time together. I hope to make some more memories for both of us. Linus is a truly a joy, though I might not always recognize it.