Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Last Request

Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call at work from my oldest son.
"Mom?" he asked, "Can you bring some Skittles home with you tonight?".

I started to ask "why?" and then I remembered. "No problem" I replied. "Anything else?"

"No, that will do it", he sighed.

When I came home, I promptly pulled three packets of Skittles from my purse and tossed them on the kitchen table. The faces on all three boys lit up. Until I said, "These are just for Devon!". And then I had two pouting boys.

"No fair!" my middle son whined.

"Plenty fair!" I replied. " Tomorrow your brother gets braces and won't be able to eat these for the next year. At Halloween, he will be sharing the candy he can't eat with you. If and when you get braces, I'll do the same for you."

As I watched my eldest son gobble up his "last request", I tried not to think of the long and painful road ahead. For both of us.

His mouth and my pocketbook!

See related post Reason to Have Children - V

6 comments:

DysFUNctional Mom said...

My Ladybug got braces over the summer, and she hates not being able to eat things on the "no-no" list. Sounds like a good plan for Halloween!

Sadie said...

What a good mommy thing to do. Although I am pretty sure I ate most of the things i wasn't supposed to when I had braces.

Not looking foward to the day my boys have a metal mouth

Weaselmomma said...

Best of luck both for his mouth and your pocketbook!

ciara said...

braces do take a toll on the pocketbook, don't they? that was sweet that your brought home his 'last request'. :)

Jenny said...

Oh bugger. Sorry to hear...for you and him!

terri said...

What a great idea to let him enjoy his last request like that!

All three of mine have had braces. My youngest still has hers. I can't even guess how many months... years!!.. of ortho visits we've had.