I'm not a risk taker. I believe this is why God blessed me with boys. I am forced to think outside of my box, and, lately, challenge myself to try more than ever to Carpe Diem.
Today was haircut day. My boys love going because the place has cool cars to sit in, movies and games to watch and play, and best of all? A free skeeball and free throw machine, train table, and Legos (just to name a few) when they're done! We make a morning of it. I tend to Isaac as he struggles with the sound and feel of the "ticklers" (this is the fun name we've given to the hair clippers, hoping it will help ease his sensory issues). He's a champ, only getting figgity at the end. This boy deserves a treat, I tell him!
I decide to take the boys to Dunkin Donuts. I haven't had my coffee yet, and a coupon in my purse for a free one determines this to be the place. We never have donuts. They are a rarity. So, when we walk into the shop, the smell of fried bread covered with sugar hits our noses like a tidal wave of deliciousness. Isaac curiously eyes up the place...
Ethan opts for jelly filled, and Isaac, still unsure says, "I don't like it." As a mom...this is my dilemma. How do I consciously ENCOURAGE my child to eat a donut? Thinking out of the box...it's about trying something new, and for Isaac, it's a life lesson learned. So...I continue pushing the donut. He goes to sit at the table and I decide for him. 3 Munchin donuts rolled in powdered sugar will do the trick. I'm sure of it.
As we sit to partake, Isaac eyes up the bag with his treat inside. Ethan devours his jelly filled edible pillow of delight, and Isaac...well, this one holds the donut hole in his hand and loudly proclaims: "I LOVE WHITE MEATBALLS, MOM!"
Ethan and I burst out laughing and watch in both horror and pleasure as Isaac takes a savory bite...and another...and is wiping feverishly at the powdered sugar coating his little lips with delight...he wants another one, Mommy.
I can't always say we'll go to Dunkin Donuts more often. Because it wasn't about the "white meatballs." It was about trying something new. Enjoying a change. Savoring the moment.