Last month, AJ and I went to a Hallmark store to buy some birthday cards for my mom. We looked around and finally found some we both like. AJ was in a good mood and feeling very cuddly, so I was getting lots of hugs and "I love you"'s. It was a good day.
The cashier was giving us "the look" as we were waiting in line. Even on a "good" day, AJ is kind of loud and disruptive. I gave her my best smile, and kept my attention focused on my munchkin. When we got up to pay, she quietly told me that they were having a sale on some cards for kids. I told her that we didn't need any more cards, and would just like to pay for the ones we had. She insisted that I should look at these cards, because they were cards to "encourage kids". I again told her that we were all set. She then said: "You should really look at those cards. Kids need encouragement to behave properly".
I was about to become less kind and patient, but AJ took care of that for me. He looked right at her, and said, in his sweetest voice possible:
"I don't need more encouragement than I already get. I love you, Mama!"
Sometimes, he advocates for himself better than I ever could. I love you right back, AJ!