Since we decided to add goats to our family mini-farm, we needed to go to Tractor Supply and Lowe’s to purchase a few supplies. We’re picking up the goats next weekend, so the most important thing is to have a place to put them.
A day of shopping at these particular stores is not high on the kids’ list of fun things to do, so we usually try to make it at least a little bit fun for them. At Tractor Supply, we let them each pick out one thing to buy. Kendra picked a book about training and caring for pet rabbits. A very sensible choice.
Max searched the store high and low. He wanted a finch feeder for his stuffed animals. I said no (that just didn’t make sense). He wanted a hard hat. I said no (it was too big for him). He wanted a die-cast car. I said no (it was outside of the price range). Finally, he found a vibrating ball that we both agreed on, so we bought it.
At Lowe’s, we ran into some friends of ours so we stopped to talk for a while. We were pretty close to the restrooms, so when the kids asked if they could go, we let them as long as they promised to stay together.
Several minutes later, a rather guilty looking Max came running back to us.
“Where is your sister?” I demanded. “I told you two to stay together!”
We went to look for Kendra, and when she emerged from the restroom, she was indignant.
“What happened?” I asked as Max buried his head in my leg and wailed, “I’m sorry!”
Kendra was hot. Max started fake crying.
“When I was using the bathroom, Max went in all the stalls and locked them and then crawled out. I was telling him not to! But he wouldn’t listen! Then he left and I had to crawl under all the doors so I could unlock them!!”
We looked at Max.
“Why did you do that?”
We thanked Kendra for undoing his naughtiness. Then we went to the garden center to finish our shopping.