We sat down. I told Mica, "Why don't you go ahead and look at the adult menu, and I'll use the free kid's meal coupon for Isaak." Mica said, "Mom...really!!! Those are my coupons!!! Not Isaak's." I said, "Honey I know, but we'll still get a free meal either way. This way you can get more to eat. The kid meals don't seem to fill you up like they used to." He said, "Mom Isaak's not using my coupon!" It was hard getting into this 4th grade mind that a coupon will be used, and it didn't matter who used it because I was paying for it all anyhow. Mica said, "Fine...Whatever." I said, "If you don't loose the attitude we'll just leave right now. It's your choice."
Mica didn't want to be there because it was a kid night. He thinks he's past being a kid. Ha! Even my college students are kids to me.
A lady came over to give the boys St. Paddy merch. Mica said as soon as he entered the door, "I don't want that stuff!" But he took everything she gave him, and wore it.
Surfing the adult menu Mica spotted a $10 California Burger. I said, "Nope! How about the Classic All American Burger for $7? You won't be able to eat a $10 burger." Mica said, "Yes I will. I can eat anything." I reminded him about his behavior. He went for the $7 burger, and couldn't finish everything on his plate.
Isaak was begging for the Funny Face Pancakes, so that's what he got. It didn't come with a special drink. I said, "You can have water this time." He was pouting. Mica teased Isaak for getting a 2 year old meal. I said, "Hey when I make faces on your pancakes at home I do it to mine to. I'm not 2 years old." Mica said, "That's because you want to be a kid." I said, "There's nothing wrong with eating something fun Mica."
Isaak cheered up when he got a balloon. I was so glad because I didn't need more drama.
Mica said, "Hey that character was at our school." I said, "Really? Maybe you guys can stand with him for a picture. Mica was hesitant. He didn't want to be a part of all that kid stuff. Isaak loved the walking character, but accidentally let go of his balloon, which he just didn't know what to do about that.
The whole meal Mica looked around for the walking bear.
I said, "I wonder why they don't have face painting? It says right here they were going to. They must not of been able to get someone in to do it." So...Isaak was grumpy again. He wanted his face painted. Mica rolled his eyes because face painting is for babies apparently. I said, "Mica clowns have face paint on a lot. They are mostly adults. Isaak it's ok they don't have face painting we have to go home to shower anyhow."
Mica said, "Hey what about my pie coupon?" I said, "We can only use 1 coupon, and you didn't finish your meal. I'm not getting you dessert." He was annoyed with me.
In the car I reminded the boys that going out to eat is a treat, and that some kids go hungry.
I get their frustrations. Mica's torn between being a little kid and a big kid. He just doesn't get money, and coupons. Isaak's all about being a little kid. He wants everything that is offered to him.
I think we're all feeling a little off with Travis being in Nebraska City. We're used to him being around. He'll be away from Wed. through Sun. for 4 weeks working on an Artist Residency.