At TCS, Alex is split between two floors. Iolani is a hot mess wanting to touch e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g., driving me bonkers. I mention to her that Afloat Sushi is right around the corner, and that if she can get a hold of herself, that maybe we could eat dinner out, rather than heading home to turkey pot pies.
And then, SUDDENLY - a well-meaning TCS employee shows her at $15 pair of joke glasses. Glasses with little fake windshield wipers. Fifteen dollars. (Please keep in mind that we *might* have just dropped about $50 at Urban Outfitters and in Little Tokyo on Hello Kitty stickers). As she and I are wondering around the store, I'm trying to lose the wiper glasses. I was successful in leaving the wiper glasses somewhere on the second floor when she was distracted with pink laundry baskets.
When it came time to check out, Iolani was starting to whine and then she remembered her wiping glasses. And, like water in the desert...the clerk ringing us up asked if we had their customer card.
Of course we don't. But - one uses the iPad to sign up. And - who could be distracted with the iPad so that we don't have to witness a meltdown AND we didn't have to buy the wiper glasses.
So - Iolani was sitting on the counter three days before Christmas...typing in her first name, last name, email address, phone number, zip code...and then I entered in just the street address, city, and state. It took a little bit, and I kept apologizing to the clerk...and he was not just okay with our little debacle...he was all smiles. It seem so sincere, he was seriously all smiles and calm, cool, and was just so supportive of the "good lesson" we were teaching.
We finished up, I turned back to thank everyone for their patience...and there was not a happy face in the whole line. But, the guy who checked us out...man....oh man...you saved our night. Thank you.