The other day Turner said to me, "Hey mom, will you take me to the store and buy me some *Car Race* underwear?" (Car Race is what he calls the movie Cars.) "And can Olivia and Quinn stay home with daddy?" I'm pretty sure that is the first time, EVER, Turner has requested alone time with me.
Don't get me wrong, Turner and I have a special relationship. But this kid is one unique mix. He spends more time in time out than the other two. He has a fondness for the words poopy and stinky. He has more cuts and bruises and gashes and wounds than the other two combined. He loves to play sword fight and car crash and growl at girls. And then in the next breath he is no where to be found, vanished in his room, by himself playing trains. Looking for a little down time. He will sit for a long chunk of time looking at books. He requires many cuddles, snuggles and kisses from both mommy and daddy. He, in short, is a mystery!
So, when he asked the other day for a date just with me, I jumped right on it.
Friday afternoon, Turner and I hopped in the car. He didn't stop talking from the moment we got in the car until we pulled back in the garage. He was so cute. We stopped at Sam's Club first to grab a few things. He pointed things out and declared what he liked and didn't like. Asked if we could try different things and stayed real close to me the whole time (usually he likes to run the open aisles.)
Next stop, Target. He picked out his new underwear. He also spotted things he thought Quinn and Olivia would like and asked if we could buy stuff for them. He and I shared a pop corn and he was utterly delightful. I bought the three kids foam swords and when he asked if he could play with it the store and was told no he responded, "Okay, mommy." The big culmination of the date was 25 minutes of me sitting on an empty display and he on the floor of the toy aisle where he was delighted to play with Star Wars action figures and Transformers in the box. He interacted with other kids and my heart melted all over the floor.
We held hands on our way to the check out. He obeyed. He was adorable. He even tinkled standing up in the women's room. Perfect date from start to finish. Perhaps Turner was created to be an only child. And from time to time, he should get to be one!