Children are learning things every day. Sometimes they learn on their own and sometimes Wife or I need to teach them.
We had one such teachable moment with one of The Gaggle. They wanted to get a coffee. I stopped at a drive-thru so they could get one. The order was a little difficult as they kept changing their mind as to what it was they wanted. God bless the poor person taking the order. They never lost their temper or raised their voice once. Upon receiving the coffee, I drove away. I could see the look of disappointment in The Gaggle’s face as we made our way home.
“This is black,” they said.
“Yes. You wanted a black coffee,” I reminded them.
“They don’t put cream in a black coffee?”
I put my hand on the child’s shoulder and said no, they don’t put cream in a black coffee. That’s why they call it a “black coffee”. If the child had wanted cream, they should have said, “coffee with cream.”
“That’s dumb,” they said. “I should sue Starbuck’s”
I tell the child to go ahead and try, but Starbuck’s doesn’t care what just happened where we were.
“I mean McDonald’s.”
“Again,” I say, “Knock yourself out, but it’s not McDonald’s fault.”
“Wait,” they say as they look behind them, hoping to catch a glimpse of where we were. “Where were we?”
“I don’t know,” I say. “I’m driving. I need to look forward so I can see where we’re going.”
“Well, wherever we were,” they say as they turn back and get settled. “We should sue them. They screwed up my coffee.”
Of course they did.