Back in the day, I was a big 10,000 Maniacs fan. Laura Werther and I went to see them at the University of Delaware when we were in high school. Natalie Merchant *spoke to me* you guys.
I am incapable of mentioning the University of Delaware without giving a proper shout out to their mascot, the Fightin' Blue Hen, known locally as the Ass Kickin' Chicken.
These are days you'll remember.
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In some sort of frantic emotional preparation for Jack starting kindergarten in LIKE TWO WEEKS, he and I have had a few "Mommy and Jack Days."
We had one on Friday. It was pretty rad.
We took coffee and breakfast to Grammy and Pop. Jack waited patiently while we discussed the previous evening's Republican primary debate. (Ah, so much to talk about.) He then regaled us with stories of the solar system, which were accurate, detailed, and articulate -- and promptly blew my parents' minds.
We went to the movies and reclined our posh seats and had yummy lunch. We saw "Shaun the Sheep," which was funny and adorable. Jack like the burping part the best.
Then, you guys. We went back to school shopping. In the grand Davies tradition, we went to the Gap. OH, how I have memories of our annual pilgrimage to the retail bastion that is Christiana Mall. (It is also in Delaware, home of tax-free shopping and aforementioned ass kickin' chickens.)
I had a totally trippy parent moment as I indoctrinated Jack into his preppy legacy.
Clearly, indoctrination suits him.
We rounded out the day with a treat. I attempted to pitch to Jack his first hot fudge sundae, thinking that this would be a fitting milestone in a day of big moments. He eyed me skeptically.
Jack: What's a hot fudge sundae?
Me: It's a big dish of ice cream, with hot chocolate sauce on top, and whipped cream, and nuts, and a cherry!
Jack: I just want ice cream.
Me: Well, do you want chocolate sauce on it?
Me: Do you want a cherry on it?
Me: So...you sort of do want a hot fudge sundae?
Me: So...you don't want the whipped cream and the nuts?
Jack: No way.
Hope your day is free of nuts and has the appropriate amount of chickens.