Alice is smart.
I sometimes underestimate her.
On Friday, I did.
I took her with me to Target to pick up a few things I’d been thinking of for Christmas, and to buy out everything they had in the dollar bins.
So my cart had a ton of little dollar bin items when I walked past one of the things I’d been thinking of for her: a dog purse.
Now, doesn’t that seem silly?
A dog purse?
I honestly would never have even considered it or thought of it, except one of our friends had one last year and all the little girls in our playgroup loved it.
Anyway, it’s a stuffed animal dog, with sequins (!!), and it’s a purse.
Weird, but I thought she’d love it.
So I picked it when she wasn’t looking, and shoved it under my dollar bin stash.
And we made it all the way through Target and to checkout.
And it was on the checkout, and she was looking at me and I felt she was definitely distracted when — lo and behold — I’d picked up the dog purse that had no price tag.
So the guy is holding it up, and opening it up, and looking all around for the price and I couldn’t keep her distracted during all of that going on — so she saw it.
And she immediately lit up and said, “DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY!”
And I said, “Ohhhhh…that’s not ours.”
Alice said, “DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY!”
And then the clerk put in a bag and I put it in my cart while saying, “Look at this cute little baby doll!”
But Alice was not deterred.
“DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY! DOGGY!”
And then she twisted around, even though she was buckled, and practically threw herself into the back of the cart to try and reach the bag with the doggy.
And that’s when I knew.
She had won.
And I pulled it out to show it to her, and said, “Look! It’s a doggy purse!”
And she smiled like it was Christmas morning.
“Purse! Doggy purse!”
She was so happy.
She immediately put it on her arm and wouldn’t take it off for anything the entire rest of the day.
She’s carried it around ever since — a blue sequined doggy purse.
Merry Friday, Alice!
Santa is so happy you love it.