Last weekend, NSAH, Angry Boy and I went to On The Border
for lunch. The kids' menu had drawings of all kinds of exotic animals on it and was therefore perfect
for Angry Boy. We took the menu with us when we left, because Angry Boy was still looking for all the different animals in the picture. ("'at's a iguana. 'at's a turtle. 'at's a pawwot.")
He loved that menu. He took it with him in my car. He took it with him to school. Then NSAH got tired of "reading" it to Angry Boy, and surreptitiously threw it away.
Today, when I pick up AB at school and put him in his seat, he starts saying, "I want my book? I want my book?" I know immediately which "book" he wants. He wants the damn menu. I try to appease him with another book that is on the floormat, a Winnie the Pooh Easter egg book (no, I don't clean out my car very often, why do you ask?). He only gets angrier. "No want dat! Want my book, want my book!" Knowing I can't appease him, I shut his door and go around to my seat. I figure I'll cheer him up with a little "Who Let the Dogs Out" on the iPod. But I'm too slow, and the first few mellow words of "Never Been to Spain" start playing. I quickly turn it to "Who Let the Dogs Out," hoping the cheerful, bouncy song will make him smile. He starts wailing
. I ask him what I can do, what will make him happy.
"We listen to 'Never Been to Spain'?" he whines. So apparently, he wanted to listen to Three Dog Night rather than a song about dogs. He was fine the rest of the ride home (he demanded Bruce Cockburn's "Wondering Where the Lions Are" twice).
I'm taking him to On the Border this weekend, gonna get another damn kids' menu.
He was very sweet the rest of the evening. He kept saying, "I love
you," and hugging me. I read to him for a bit before dinner (turns out he loves vegetarian baked beans, yay), and we watched some of The Muppet Movie
before I put him to bed.
Now I'm just doing a little laundry and watching the Carolina-Duke game (DVRing Scrubs
, of course). After the game, I'll do a little work, but I'm going to try to go to bed before midnight.