4. The following conversation with Ali:

“Mommy, you know what really disappoints me about the new Tinkerbell movie?”

“No.  What?”

“Well, the other fairies – Fawn and Rosetta and all – call Periwinkle Periwinkle before they even know her name.”

“Oh.  That is a serious continuity issue!”

“I know.  It really bothers me.”

(I have not confirmed whether she is right or wrong in her accusations, but the fact that she is attentive to continuity issues warms my soul.)

3.  Teaching Noah to repeat anything.

At the end of 2012, I shared on my Facebook Page what he must say to persuade me to fulfill any and all requests:

And at the beginning of 2013, I decided to increase his levels of motherly affirmation:

2. Finding Ski-Mask Diego:

 Creepy Diego

I used to have a queasy feeling about beating the face off of beloved cartoon characters.  But if I ever meet one like him, I will have no problem attacking – before he attacks me.

1.  The following scene at Chick-Fil-A, during primetime lunch:

A Tiny Very Elderly Lady was sitting across from us.  She had two young boys with her.

(Grandchildren?  Greatgrandchildren?  Greatgreatgrandchildren?)

Several times, she waved down a Chick-Fil-A worker – a young guy – to fetch her various items.

Napkins, ice cream for the boys, drink refills.  He happily obliged.

“My Pleasure,” he said over and over.

As she got up to leave, he was coming down the aisle, hands full of items for other patrons.

She pulled out a tip (are you allowed to tip Chick-Fil-A employees??) and motioned it toward him.  He gestured that his hands were completely full and to not worry about it.

So the Tiny Very Elderly Lady reached across him and stuffed the money in his pants pocket.


He smiled at her.

She looked over at me, shot me a bashful grin, and then giggled like a schoolgirl.

He looked over at me, assumed a value-sized look of mortification, and shrugged his shoulders.

Then Tiny Very Elderly Lady floated out of the store with a giant smile on her face, quite pleased with her ability to turn a mundane day at Chick-Fil-A into something a little too special.

26 thoughts on “Top Four Moments of 2013.

  1. Continuity errors drive me crazy! There is a particularly annoying one in the Aviator that totally distracts me from the whole scene because I can’t stop watching her start eating an ice cream sundae a dozen times.

    And naughty grandma?? I bet that made her day haha.

  2. I love the video of your son saying “best mommy eber.” lol Poor Chick fil A guy! That would be something my grandmother would have done. I couldn’t take her anywhere! :)

  3. Cutest videos “ebber!” grandma story reminds me of that creeptastic extreme cougars show – last thing to go ya know!

  4. That Diego pinata is beyond scary!! Definitely looks like he is hiding behind a ski mask- wow!

    Absolutely, positively LOVED the little old lady story though. I want to be old and be able to do crazy things like that! I mean come on– when else do you get a pass to do crazy things like that. Plus how awesome that she appreciated all of this employee’s help. Too often people forget to say thank you!

  5. Ha! My boys (5&3) think the polite way to ask for a drink is to say, “Oh, sweet, beautiful mother, could I please have some milk?” Cracks the adults in the room up every time they hear it for the first time. :)

  6. We don’t have Chick fil A here anymore. Is it normal for the employees to be so helpful? I mean the stuff before the hand down the pants. Anyways, best Old Lady Story EVER!

    And Noah is a doll!

    1. The Chick Fil A’s here have taken on a definite Mommy-Friendly feel over the past few years. They have tabletoppers, help you to your tables, and all kinds of other things. It’s really fabulous for a fast food restaurant.

  7. Only 15 days in and 2013 is already a treasure trove of blogging topics :)

    How come I never witness things like the chik fil a scene? The closest I have come was a conversation at the checkout at the grocery store. I bought a 2lb bag of popping corn and got treated to an in-dept description (with pantomime, which means nothing was being scanned or bagged for the duration) of how tiny the cashier’s apartment kitchen is, how many and which small appliances were sold when she moved from her house into the apartment, which ones she kept and stores on top of the fridge, and why she feels using her electric turkey roaster once a year on Thanksgiving day is more significant and worthy of the space on said fridge than the air popper she wishes they had had room for. Not that she uses the blender all that much, either, but certainly more than an air popper, right? Probabbly? Oh, and they got rid of A LOT of movies when they moved, so they wouldn’t use the air popper as much anyway. A LOT of movies. A LOT. A WHOLE LOT. And we all know, you cannot consume popcorn without watching a movie. (Can someone tell my husband? We are going through gobs of popping corn and butter every week).

  8. HA! that little old lady brightened my day. too funny.
    we just watched the new tinkerbell movie. i do not remember this error! if evie watches it again, i will be sure to pay attention.

  9. I can’t wait to be a cheeky old lady :-) and all credit to the guy for attending to her and then smiling at her as well and no doubt making her day!!

  10. The only thing better would be to have a group of old ladies at chik-fil-a coming up with some dares, double dares and triple dog dares. I want to be in that group. Will you join me?

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