I could have, but didn’t, bring left overs to work today for lunch. Some of my co-workers went to a local Thai place but I opted out of that invite. Even though I do like Thai food, McDonalds recently began selling hot wings and I felt like getting that and some french fries and a sweet tea for lunch. I knew I was running low on gas so I figured I could knock that chore out of the way as well. Here in New Jersey, the gas is cheaper if you pay cash, so filling up my tank also meant making a stop at the ATM. Up until about a month ago, the bank I use, had a branch literally around the corner from where I work. Since that branch has closed down, I had to go to a different branch that I hadn’t been to before. I assumed they would have a drive-thru ATM but this branch did not. What they did have, was a drive-thru teller. I gave her my info and she gave me my cash and 2 lollipops. I’m assuming she gave me 2 instead of one because I had a passenger with me. Both lollipops were absent mindedly left in the car cup holder for the rest of the afternoon.
I picked Jay up from his after school program and we drove home. When I parked, he asked me to carry his jacket since it had warmed up significantly since he left for school in the morning. I put his jacket down on the seat next to me with the intentions of picking it up after I had exited the car and claimed my hand bag and coffee cup. Jay climbed into the front of the vehicle and picked his jacket up. I think he thought I was going to leave it there. As he was getting his jacket, he spotted the 2 abandoned lollipops and picked them up.
Holding both he said: Mom, can I have lollipop?
When I said yes, he then said: Jay and Ace.
Now, understand this … Jay LOVES lollipops. As a general rule, he will share things if he is asked to, but he has NEVER BEFORE volunteered, on his own, to share ANYTHING … and definitely not lollipops.
It stopped me in my tracks for one second and in the very next second my thought was:
Thanks to me not bringing lunch and McDonalds offering wings and me needing an alternate bank branch and me going to lunch with a co-worker and Jay not needing his jacket I was able to see a side of my son that I would not otherwise have gotten to see.
At least not today.
It’s funny how life works.