Monday, May 19, 2008

The Art of Persuasion

He may only be two but I have taught Jonah well in mastering the art of persuasion. The family was at the mall and I was walking through the boys section at Nordstrom’s eyeing all the cute new summer clothes. Jonah pulls a brown vintage t-shirt off the rack and proceeds to put it on as he announces to everyone “My shirt”. I pay no attention to him and keep thumbing through the racks. As I’m strolling along I overhear a conversation emerging between Josh and Jonah.

Josh – “Jonah, that’s not your shirt. You need to take it off and put it back on the hanger so we can put it back on the rack.”

Jonah – “My shirt.”

Josh – “Jonah, take off the shirt.”

Jonah - “My shirt. I want it.”

Josh – “Take it off now.”

Jonah – “I like it. My shirt.”

Josh – “Fine, take it off so we can pay for it.”

Jonah takes off the shirt and hands it back to Josh. I watch him as he walks up to the counter to pay with Jonah. It is then that I casually walk up to the counter and ask, “What are you doing?”

Josh replies with a slight tinge of frustration in his voice. “Buying Jonah this shirt” Forty dollars and some change and one vintage t-shirt later Josh is walking Jonah back to the dressing room to change into his new shirt (Jonah is so smart he even picked up the correct size - 2T) Josh smiles at me as he walks by and says “I decided to choose my battles today.” (a comment I use often during outings with Jonah these days)

While they are changing Jonah’s shirt I walk over to the Shoe Department and pick up a cute pair Dolce and Gabbana heels. Josh walks up and says “What are you doing?”

I reply – “My shoes.”

5 comments:

Courtney said...

I love it! that is so funny! did it work, do you have some new shoes too???

Amy said...

Look at your awesome new blog design, I have been anxiously awaiting it's debut! And it is GREAT!

And your story is too funny! So yes, did you get the shoes?

Kyle, Missy, Avery, and Jessie said...

You must let us know if you got some shoes. I would love to see a pic of the "famous" shirt!

Kim said...

I laughed out loud at that one! Did it work?

The new blog design looks so fantastic.

This Southern Belle said...

very funny!

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