Maria got out of school early yesterday (at 11:30). Jon and I are still not used to this kindergarten deal where kids get out of school early, don’t have school during the middle of the week, get two weeks off for vacation. Don’t these schools know that we rely on them to be babysitters for our children while we work our 9-5 jobs? We are still in denial that she is going to be off all summer. We keep waiting and hoping that some pixie dust will create a summer babysitter for Maria – we are the worst procrastinators. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about Mario because he is still in a daycare that takes care of us working parents by staying open until 6 pm.
Jon and I realized on Thursday afternoon that Maria was off early. Typical last-minute realization. Therefore, we decided to do split shifts: I picked her up from school and he watched her later in the day. Before school I had told her that I would take her to lunch so she could daydream all day about where she wanted to go. When I picked her up, she ran over to me and squeezed me hard. Pure excitement. There is nothing better in life than an ecstatic squeeze and smile from your kid. To be loved….
We walked to the car and she told me that she had chosen Chipotle. Within a minute of getting in the car, it turned to Noodles. Then Wendy’s. We finally agreed on Subway because she wanted a salad and sandwich. Alright, I thought, something half-way healthy – she has been eating the school lunches, which consist of fried cheese on a stick, french toastix, and cheeseburgers.
As we walked into the store, I described some sandwiches. They have ham and turkey and roast beef and chicken…
“Mom, I want a meatball sub with extra cheese.” My girl.
She also wanted a “salad” which consisted of lettuce, cheese, and croutons. I made her add some tomatoes and peppers but she picked right through them later. Then she picked up a bag of Doritos (“I promise I will just eat a couple”) and a chocolate milk. What a smorgasboard. We would have been better off at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. We sat at the bar and began eating our meal. Like her mama, she can take down some food. Her meatball sandwich was gone in 5 minutes and we both moved onto the salad. I must admit the Doritos were a good choice – I have not had those in a long time and they hit the spot.
Finally, we topped the meal off with a chocolate chip cookie and cupcake. So much for Jared’s shtick about losing weight through Subway!