Today Olivia had a field trip to Skateland with her YMCA camp. They tell the kiddos that they can bring money to buy snacks or play video games. Keep in mind - we've already paid for them to go and roller skate. These are all extras. But kids, mine included, don't get the concept that this is a treat or something special; Olivia's allowed to bring money, so by all means, I should be giving her some.
Olivia did not get money for Skateland. The horror! This was the conversation as we walked to the car after I picked her up this afternoon...
Olivia: "Mom, you forgot to give me money today."
Me: "Did you roller skate? I bet it was fun."
Olivia: "Mom, YOU FORGOT TO GIVE ME MONEY."
Me: "But you had fun roller skating, right?"
Olivia: "When I was at Skateland today, I got so. thirsty."
Me: "You did?"
Olivia: "Yes. But I couldn't get anything to drink." Cue pathetic, deep sigh.
Me: "Did they have a water fountain?"
Another long pause.
Olivia: "The water in the water fountain wasn't cold, Mom."
I'm not sure how long it will be before she forgives me for sending her to Skateland, penniless and thirsty. But I'm happy to report that she is alive and well, perhaps even thriving.