Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I forgot my wallet when I left the house the other day. I managed to scrounge up enough money from my tip cup to buy Nate a cookie at the café, but that was about all I was going to be buying for that outing.

On the way home Nate insisted we stop off at the pet store to get a treat for Snoopy. I reminded him that I did not have any money on me, but he was adamant, so I obliged him.

After playing fetch the ball with a member of the staff, Nate picked out a chew stick and said “I get this for Snoopy.”

What follows is the rest of our conversation:

Me: We can’t get that today Nate, I don’t have my wallet so I can’t pay for it.

Nate: But I want to get this for Snoopy.

Me: I know and that’s really nice of you, but I don’t have money to pay for it.

Nate: I have some money dad, it’s OK.

Me: I don’t think that’s going to be enough (as he fished a quarter out of his pocket)

Nate: It’s alright dad, we can go home and get some more money from my piggy bank and then we can buy Snoopy a treat!

At that point there was a collective ‘Awwwwwww!’ from everyone who was within earshot.


Mama T said...

What a thoughtful child you are raising. And yet you still write off 2008 as a terrible year? Can you step back and see what a great job you've been doing as Nate's primary caregiver? I think you're too hard on yourself. Coming from one who has been accused of the same thing. Is there a Facebook group we can join?!

Justin said...

Haha! Maybe we can start one!

I think I need some time away from my thoughtful child right now, he was quite the devil while Patty was away!