Yesterday we experienced another milestone in our family. It was Ethan’s turn to get vaccinated, since he is 12. I had scheduled the appointment for 12:40 over his lunch hour, with the promise that I would take him to lunch quick before the appointment.
We really didn’t have much time, and I also had a meeting at 1:15, so I wanted to try to arrive a little early to the clinic in hopes of getting in and out!
He chose McDonald’s, the closest and supposedly quickest option (It was not actually quick. Yowzers they need more help it seems. Every single restaurant in our area has “Now Hiring” signs up and seems pretty desperate. The few employees they had looked so frantic trying to keep up, I felt bad for them!!)
I told Ethan it’s too bad he’s not a couple years older or he could be behind the counter serving up milkshakes and french fries this summer. 😉 I worked at a McDonald’s part-time from the time I was 14 all the way through high school, and I actually have some of the BEST memories from those days. Fun times. ❤ (And, I feel strongly that that job was very instrumental in developing and forming certain parts of my character today.)
After cheeseburgers and fries, we headed to the clinic. It was a short wait with just a few people ahead of us, then his turn! He is traditionally not a big fan of shots and needles, but I had told him that in my opinion, the Pfizer Covid vaccine was probably the least painful shot I’ve ever gotten. Barely even felt it.
He was excited to be vaccinated and I think lots of kids at school have been talking about it. He got one of the little “Covid- vaccinated” stickers and wore it back to school when I dropped him off. 🙂 I felt bad though- when he got off the bus after school it was raining and the sticker blew off and blew away!! He said he had wanted to keep it. 😦
I told him we will be sure to get another when he goes back for dose #2 in a few weeks. 🙂
At bedtime we were talking and he said, “That was fun today.” And I said, “What, the shot? You like needles now?? Since when?!” Haha… And he said, “No, just the whole thing…getting picked up, going to lunch and stuff.”
Ah, yes. It was fun. Those little, special, “out of the ordinary day” moments are exciting as a kid. I have vivid memories of my Dad picking me up from school for orthodontist appointments and going to Wendy’s after for Frostys and fries.
Funny how we hold on to certain things like that! That’s probably why today I actually make a point to just occasionally schedule those dentist, doctor, etc. appts during school hours. 🙂
Thought of the Day #1: Never in the history of calming down has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down.
LOL. Love this because it’s so true! hahaha.
Thought of the Day #2 (more serious version): Don’t let your ice cream melt while counting somebody else’s sprinkles.
I am grateful for that little lunch with Ethan yesterday.