I was standing in Ross the other day debating some new wall sconces to hang in my bedroom. It was just me and Graham and I had him in the stroller...so I thought I was safe.
Mistake #1: Having a toddler in a stroller does not mean you are safe from fits or throwing things...his arms are still free.
So as I was standing there debating the sconces he started to fuss a bit...nothing major...just the usual "come on Mom I'm bored" fuss.
Mistake #2: Never stand and debate ANYTHING longer than 14 seconds when shopping with a toddler...make that 7 when you are on the breakable aisle.
To sooth his little whine, I handed him part of the sconce that I was STILL debating. At first I thought it was just a plastic globe that goes over a candle. Little did I know that it was really thin glass.
Mistake #3: Never hand anything to a boy in a store...THEY ALWAYS THROW IT!
Immediately he was happy. "Sweet...Mommy gave me something to break!!" he squealed with glee. As soon as I heard that squeal I knew I was in trouble. I was reaching to take the globe out of his hand before he could lift his arm to throw, but I was too late. Some how a Matrix moment happened and he was able to lift it above his head and send it sailing across the aisle before I could grab it from him. When it hit the ground it shattered.
It was one of those sounds that cause complete silence from all directions.
I knew that everyone in the store had heard it...and they were all wondering what I was going to do.
That is when the Good Brittney Angel and the Bad Brittney Angel popped up...right on cue.
" Why did you give that to him? Now you can't debate these anymore and you have to buy them!" -Good
"Hold on a minute missy...you technically didn't break it!"-Bad
"So are you going to make Graham pay for it? NO YOU BIG DUMMY! You have to buy it now!" -Good
"No you don't. Just set it down and walk away. Half the stuff at this store is broken anyway." -Bad
(At this point I was leaning toward my bad angel...I know...I'm ashamed to admit it...but she had a good argument!)
"Listen...you really do like those sconces...just buy them so you don't feel bad later...because you know you will!"-Good
(At this point Graham must have heard my angels arguing because he turned around with his big beautiful eyes and smiled at me. Even though he is only one I knew I would have to explain myself to him.)
So I followed my good angel.
And the sconces look great on my wall!