Our three year old granddaughter was visiting us last weekend. Saturday it was very hot. She had woken up especially early that morning, so she ended up taking a mid-morning nap. When she got up I suggested we get some soft serve ice cream at McD’s. I’m not a big ice cream fan but I was looking for some serious air-conditioning time. My suggestion was met with enthusiasm from both the granddaughter and her grandpa.
Before we left I asked if she wanted an ice cream Sunday, maybe hot fudge? She replied, “I want sprinkles”. Ok… I asked it a different way. “Would you like chocolate or vanilla ice cream?” Her response, “I want sprinkles”. Message received. No matter what, sprinkles needed to be involved. I wasn’t sure if McDonalds had sprinkles, so I rummaged through my cabinet and found a bottle…just in case. I tossed it into my purse. I figured I could put them on the ice cream myself and she would be none the wiser. Off we went.
Everyone must have had the same idea (air-conditioning) because it was crowded. I sent the two of them to find a table, while I waited in line. I ordered a cup of vanilla soft serve, inquired about sprinkles (they don’t have any) and waited for my order. Then, while at the counter, I quickly and discretely pulled out my bottle of sprinkles and generously added them on top. If anyone saw me they didn’t comment. I was pretty happy with my stealthy secret agent skills.
The sprinkle topped ice cream was well received. She ate all the sprinkles and a little bit of the ice cream before she declared she was done. After cleaning up her hands and face, she wanted a mint from my Altoids can. Since grandpa and I were not finished yet and I wanted to keep her entertained for a few more minutes, I told her to look for it in my purse. She loves digging though my purse! I heard a gasp and she produced the small jar of sprinkles I had brought with me.
She looked at me with a shocked expression and said, “Why do you have the sprinkles?!”
Moral of the story: Never try to outsmart a three year old.