I took the kids to the grocery store last week. We practically live there now that we eat healthy. Normally, they go to the little “day care” that is in-store. They love it there and it helps me get my grocery shopping done in peace. Of course, that day, it was closed for some reason. They had to come with me. No big deal, right?
They were actually well-behaved throughout the store. We get to the check out and they see the candy at the register. Delaney is out of the cart helping load groceries onto the belt. Cooper is in the front of the cart. They both ask for candy. I told them no. Delaney kept emptying the cart, but Cooper kept begging for candy.
I told them we would buy Papou (my dad) his favorite candy bar and drop it off to him while he was at work. They were very excited by that. I saw Cooper reach for candy but once again told him no. He put it back and I turned to pay. ROOKIE!
As we are walking out, Cooper gets the BIGGEST smile ever on his face. He looks up at me and says in a sing song-y voice: “I gooooot candyyyyyyy.” I replied no, we did not.
He is still smiling and can barely contain his excitement as he says it again. I again said “No we did not.”
He says we did and proceeds to tell me he is hiding it. All in that lovely sing song-y voice. I instantly panic inside. I ask where this said candy is?
“I’m hiiiiidingggggg ittttttt.” Almost at the car, I pull him forward and sure enough, there is a bag of M&M’s behind his back! I almost died. I went right into lecture mode. That’s not nice, not right, illegal, we can go to jail, yadda yadda yadda. I never stole ANYTHING in my life. Not even on a dare. I am a by-the-rules kind of girl. This is MY son?
I turn the cart around and we go back inside. I am now 50 shades of red as I approach the cashier and explain what happened. She was very nice, assured me it was okay and thanked me for my honesty.
We walk back to the car, as I explain the whole way about why stealing is wrong. I know they are only three, but they have to at least understand it is wrong.
Delaney chimes in: “Yeah, Cooper, if you steal, the police will come take you away. They have car seats so they can take you.” Huh?
And what does Sticky Fingers say? “I like stealing!” with a wicked smile.