Parenting is a funny thing. Wonderful in so many ways, a pain in the ass at times, but always educational.
This week is the scholastic book fair at my children’s school. Oh, how they look forward to this twice annual event. And who can blame them? The opportunity to buy new books (sorry, Ellie, but it’s fun!): all the glossy options, all the never-before-cracked spines, all the snazzy bookmarks to accessorize with?
I typically give them $10 and let them budget it as they see fit. I typically give this to them toward the latter part of the week, after they’ve had a chance to thoroughly peruse the large selection.
But as soon as those ragamuffins were off the bus yesterday afternoon, they told me about their purchases.
Yes, both girls were “given” money by their friends. The oldest $10, the youngest $5. Who just gives their friends their parent’s hard earned money, I ask you? I asked them this very question too, and they just shrugged, and named the girls’ names.
Obviously the point was lost on them. I started over. Finally both agreed to return the money, still all the while telling me how much their friends insisted that they use their money. I started to start over. They quickly parroted back my message. My work was done (after I paid these friends off, of course).
Their choices were not what I would have hoped, but don’t I always say, “I don’t care what you’re reading as long as you’re reading?”
I do. I do say that. Often and loudly.
So, guess what I was treated to last night?
Although it wasn’t this exact book. It was a similar book, but in “quiz” format.
Feel free to quiz me. I got almost every answer right!
Here is my very favorite: what did Bieber name his range rover? Lisa (Well, duh).
And what does he drink every morning with breakfast? A giant bloody Mary with a beer back? Supposedly not. The correct answer is orange juice. Supposedly. And I now also know that he’s sweet on sour patch kids, and is “very attached” to his phone, which is a Sidekick, if you were dying to know. Which I know you weren't.
I don’t have a “Celeb crush” on Bieber (his is Beyoncé, btw), but my girl does, and WoW was she motivated to read the information and do those quizzes.
So thanks, wonder boy, you really expanded my horizons, and made me put those other girls' money where my mouth is!