April 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 4 months.
One of my jobs as “the dad” has always been to distract you from getting into trouble, or getting bored, while in public.
Over the weekend, Mommy had a haircut appointment at a salon, thanks to a Groupon.
I was able to distract you for about 8 minutes with the one magazine that wasn’t intended for actual desperate housewives… a hunting magazine, in which we only looked at the animals that had not been shot yet.
Hey, that’s just me being creative.
So I suggested we take a walk outside to see the other places in the shopping center.
We started out by watching the people exit the drive-through at Starbucks. But after only three cars, you were ready to run.
The shop right next to where Mommy was getting her haircut was a nails salon. The front door happened to be open, since it was nice outside.
You peaked in and saw the workers wearing masks over their noses and mouths to protect them from the fumes.
Your instant (and loud) response: “Hey, it’s the dentist!”
Then you ran down the sidewalk to check out the other stores. However, none of the others were open.
So we headed back by the nails salon. By that point, the owner was standing in the doorway, smiling.
I explained to him that you thought he was a dentist.
He went along with it. He then asked you if you have been brushing your teeth.
You assured him you have been. He offered to show you around the “dentist’s office” but you politely declined.
Once his wife caught a glimpse of you, she came over to ask you if you wanted to stay there at the “dentist’s” with them.
After you laughed and told her no, she surprised us both by making a face like a monkey (?) and flopped her arms around in the air, then started cheerfully grunting (?) to us, “Ooga-booga, booga-ooga!”
It was about that time that Mommy was all finished with her haircut and walked out of the salon. So we walked away with Mommy, backwards, smiling and nodding at the “dentist’s” wife; as she made you laugh all the way back to the car.
Yep, I guess we got what we were looking for:
Entertainment while Mommy got her haircut.
Uh… you’re welcome!