(Those who know me should not fear -- Zack has not gone without fun things this year. It's pretty much impossible to not buy things for that kid because 90% of the time I get as much enjoyment out of them as he does. And when it comes to books, there are NO limits. Mmm mmm. Nope. Booooooks. I am so glad he loves books!)
He finally earned his XBox and just as Christmas stuff starts making its way earlier and earlier into the stores (say, after Mother's Day), so do the Black Friday events. It's not Friday, but a local store is starting their Black Friday at 8pm. And I thought I could make a memory with Zack, much like driving to look at Christmas lights, by taking him to this Black Friday event and treating him to a new XBox game.
What was I thinking??????
First, let me say, I am very pro-buy-handmade. When someone can hand-make me a LEGO Lord of the Rings game, I'll gladly buy it. But it is really tough to buy a nine-year old kidlet handmade, although I've done pretty well with the older boys this year -- so far, all but one thing is handmade by someone NOT in a big corporation. That being said -- those of you with boys in the throes of video game and LEGO ecstasy, you know my pain.
Now, the store was going to open at 8pm. I'd done my research and there is no independent video game store in our driving area, so we were faced with the ubiquitous local Wal-mart. Heaven help me. I figured we would go in, go straight to the game section, get it, get out.
Obviously, I've never done a Black Friday, in like, ever.
My older stepsons, who've been through a few Black Friday shopping excursions themselves, looked at me like I'd said I was going to feed Zack Nyquil with a bourbon chaser when I blithely mentioned our plan. Did I remember this is a child who doesn't do well in crowds? Or that loud noises can sometimes freak him out? And when pushed, I've been known to throw an elbow?
I guess the decision to go out tonight ended for good when Zack showed up to go with a bat in his hand.
Me: "Um. What's up with the bat, buddy?"
Zack: "Weellllll. I heard that sometimes people get KILLED on Black Friday. (Insert big eyes here. His. Then mine.) I don't want to get killed. But I PROMISE I won't hit anyone. Think it will scare them?"
Well, it scared ME! (Who told him those stories about Black Friday, anyway?????) His older brother found a way to download a game to his XBox and I ordered the other one.
So we came up with a new tradition -- skip Black Friday in big stores and instead enjoy pie with whipped cream, ALL made by scratch.
No bats. Just spoons.