Sam had a test last week. A standard issue Kindergarten prep test, a necessary evil, on par with a trip to the dentist. There’s only so much you can do to get a 4-year old ready for something like this. All you can do is hope is that your kid is in a good mood, well rested, and has eaten breakfast.
I did what I could to check the boxes. Starting the night before with a trip to 16 Handles. Sam clowned around, pretending to be a lobster and seeking attention. Emma was an easy target and was more than willing to pet him in between each bite. “Good lobster…”
Fortunately, he did sleep well that night and ate a big breakfast in the morning.
“Sam”, I said, “what would you like as a treat when you’ve finished with The Puzzler?” The Puzzler of course being the Scary Test Lady, but those words are never uttered. We opened the door to the school.
“A donut”, he said.
When you’re a kid, the most highly coveted prize in the world is a donut. It’s an 89 cent wonder. But it was well-deserved, the frozen yogurt, the donut, all of it. The little guy had tried his heart out.
Lucky for Sam, I had one more surprise in store…..
“I have something special planned” I said as we wandered back home. “We’re going for a scoot around the city.”
Once home, I pulled out the pair of black and neon mittens I’d hidden in my room. “These will keep your hands warm.”
“They strap onto my scooter?!” Oh yes they do little man…
So off we went on our scooter adventure, heading down 7th Avenue.