First born wanted to go shopping with his gift cards and monies he collected on his 12th birthday. He experienced his first amazing shopping spree revelation, when he realized he could purchase a pair of sneakers for $45.00 or 2 pairs of sneakers and 3 cool spring T's for $48.00!!! The look in his eye's was pure glee when he walked out of Target with all of his purchases and his money saved, tucked away deep inside of his wallet!
I had to stop in Wally World (Wal-mart) for some groceries and while we were standing on line checking out, my son spots some Justin/ Neo type hat, he runs puts it on, comes back and says, "Mom this is the type of hat I want!!! (see photo on left)" I said, "Ok, do you want to buy that with your money?" He quickly runs and puts it back on the shelf, he had spent all he was going to spend out of his money today. So, when he comes back to me he says, "Mom that lady on line behind us wants to buy me the hat, can I Mom can I go get it pleassssseeee???" It took me a second, my body stiffened and my atennas popped out my head I was on full alert I said, "What lady wants to buy you that hat?" He points to this nice innocent looking Grandma lady and I instantly thought of the sweet old lady that lured Hansel and Gretal into her Gingerbread house and prepared to eat them (see photo on right)!
I had to smooth out my angry eyebrows and try to muster a smile when I said, "Oh, thank you what a nice jester, but know that's ok." She said all Grandmaish, "Aw it looks so cute on him honey, I'd love to buy it for him." So, I'm standing there trying to juggle my groceries onto the belt, Jordeyn's waiting hoping that I will say yes, pleading with his eyes and that Grandma lady is starring at me waiting for my answer giving me her sweetest face!
I lost my smile and blankly said a little sharper with my eyebrow raised and my Ms. Wanda face on (see photo on left), "No......... really that's OK, he will be alright without it, Thank You." With that the conversation was over.
As, we walked out of Wally World I had to explain to my son why we don't except gifts from strangers. I'm sure he doesn't truly understand but, he will over time.
What do you all think about this, was I right not to accept it? Or should I have given in and let her buy that hat?
I love to hear your thoughts:)