Avery and I went school supply shopping just the two of us....in preperation for her to start 1st grade ---(AAAHhhhh...1st grade really??) Anyway, shopping for kindergarten was a complete disaster and I still feel terrible that I couldn't be stronger and make it enjoyable for Avery.....last year, I was so emotional about her going to Kindergarten that I full on bawled like a baby, blubbered my way through the list and was just all together miserable. I really wish that I could have a do over!!
SO..this year I was determined to make it better. Got a sitter, and headed out to the big city with my big girl....school supply list in hand.
First stop was at Fred Myer....Avery was having a blast picking out her pencils and erasers (she truly was thrilled about pencils!) Then we started to head over to the shoe department. On the way, we saw this little old lady with a walker looking a little frazzled. I smiled and said hello and she said " do you know where the scoth tape is, I can't find it anywhere?"
Avery, immediatley looks at her and says..."yes, i know exactly where it is...I can go get some for you" then she looked at me and says" it was in the box right bye the hello kitty erasers mom, can I go back and get it for her?''
I could kind of see the school supply area still but immediatley thought...Avery may be out of my sight for 2 or 3 seconds...I can't let her go alone.....I looked down and saw this look in Averys eyes..like saying 'please mom let me help her....trust me a little' I took a deep breath and said "sure Av, that is very nice of you" Avery looked at the lady and said "how many do you need?" and then took off across the store. She returned 20 to 30 seconds later with 2 scotch tapes in hand and gave them to the lady and said "is there anything else we can help you with" the lady just smiled and said " you are so sweet, but no thank you that is all I need" and then looked at me and said..
." your daughter is very beautiful from the inside out...I suspect that comes from you and I thank you"
As Avery and I continued on to try on Twinkle Toes....I applauded her for her kindness and she said
" well God likes us to help people whenever we can..ya know mom....and my legs work better than hers"
Aww...yeah..I was one proud mama.
And, we had a great day together....bought lots of cute 1st grade clothes and checked off everything on the supply list. Then topped it all off with lunch at the Olive Garden, just me and my shugie girl!!