We’re back, we’re back.
We did a lot to fill the day today. Because as I said to Hubbie amidst severe cold/flu conditions days ago, almost as a forewarning to the world: “when I am better, we are painting the town red.”
Well, I AM better.
After kindergarten we took baby girl down to see a cinema screening of Paw Patrol in the Village Vjunior lounges, complete with a huge slide going down the length of the room. If that wasn’t enough to keep her happy during the forced 10 minute interval, running after other kids and jumping on the floor keyboard lights at the front of the room, well there was also popcorn.
I kind of had to enforce her to stop too much of that, too… because we had dinner plans later…
We love going to TGIs, so much so that baby girl will ask us “TGI?” on various occasions just when she remembers she needs her fix. She gets crayons and colouring paper, she gets her cheesy pasta, and it is noisy so that any loud outbursts by her are completely muffled, and EVERYONE is happy.
After a spot of shopping because ‘why not?’ on a weekday night while on holidays, we headed to the store that baby girl had been eagerly asking us about since we had passed it.
Totally Game is like my generations old-school Intencity or something, where basically you play games, get tickets, and then transfer like, 100 tickets for a packet of chewing gum.
Some things NEVER change, even though the names do.
But this is where the gratitude game rose a bit, because there is nothing like being happy for holiday time, family time, being grateful for health and everything time, and then someone does something unexpected and selfless and just raises the bar a whole lot.
Because we were playing at various games as you do, collecting tickets, and at one point while looking for another game to play suitable for baby girl to help out Hubbie, she almost crashed a neighbouring game where a group of people were already playing. We called her to come back, and in that party of people a lovely girl looked over and smiled. I thought nothing of it other than to think just that, she looked so happy and friendly… and I found out how much so about 10 minutes later, when we were feeding our game tickets into the machine to find out via receipt how much we had, when this girl popped out of nowhere and said to us
“Here take our receipt, we were just playing for fun.”
Really? We thanked her and I looked at the receipt, which read along the lines of 240 tickets.
My $10 of credit had resulted in about 80 tickets, and she was giving us 240, just like that?
“Are you sure?” I called out to her.
“Yeah,” she replied with a smile as she walked off.
And if that kind generosity wasn’t enough, when we were looking at a prize for baby girl in the window case, she came back and gave us a roll of other tickets.
“We’re just killing time before our movie!”
Another 60 tickets!
We thanked her again and again, and baby girl was fortunate to be able to pick from a lot of toys there…
You think she got something good?
Nah. A little wind up lady-bug and a wind-up pony is all she wanted. And can you believe, the wind-up lady-bug is stuffed already.
Like I said, some things NEVER change. Like gaming stores ‘prize toys.’
But regardless, the moral was there. The kind message and offering. It was the icing on the cake of a very happy day…
There are really nice people out there. 🙂