When did my children become so observant?
Today when The Goon Squad was at preschool I was out running errands. I had a ton of boring stuff to do. I got an oil change, I picked up my new contact lenses and did a bunch of other little things. I was thirsty so I ran through the McDonalds drive-thru to get an iced tea. Then I went to pick the kids up from their last day of school.
I had a million things to bring home. The teachers gave the kids little gift bags, there were about 20 things the kids had painted, Claudia had a little potted thing that she planted and I had to bring home all of their back up clothes that we kept at school if there were any potty training accidents or if anyone got over zealous with the water table.
When we got to the car and everyone was strapped in Ian started freaking out.
“Mommy you went to Old McDonalds all by yourself?”*
I had completely forgotten that the empty tea was still sitting in my cup holder. I tried to explain to him that I only stopped there to get a drink because I was thirsty, but he wasn’t buying it.
When did the boy get these powers of observation? I have seen this same child walk straight into a wall, but suddenly an empty cup in the drink holder was all the evidence that he needed that I had betrayed my children by going to McDonalds and probably eaten french fries and chicken nuggets without them.
Claudia started demanding “hot french fries” (I think that is how she differentiates between fast food fries and the suck ass ones she gets when I make them at home), and Ian was still saying “All by yourself?”
Obviously, I had no choice but to stop at Old McDonalds on the way home. I tried justifying it to myself by convincing myself that it was their last day of school and it was a special treat, but in all honesty it was the guilt that got to me.
* They both call it Old McDonalds like the song. I used to correct them, but I’ve given up. Plus it is kind of cute.