I was running errands today, one of which was grocery shopping at Target. I was nearly done and waiting for my items at the meat counter when a little boy slam-dunked something into a trash can in the produce section. It made me smile as I saw a Target employee throw her hands in the air and cheer, "Two points!" I was nearing the end of my shopping when I realized I was missing an item on my list. Of course this item was towards the back of the store and I was in the front of the store so I made my way back to find it.
That's when I saw little "slam-dunk" boy looking around and saying, "Mom? Mooooommmmm?"
Me: "Did you lose your mom?"
Slam-Dunk nodded his head.
Me: "Would you like me to help you find her?"
Slam-Dunk nodded his head again.
Me: "What is your mom wearing?"
Slam-Dunk: "Well...she, she, um...she has dark hair and she has brown eyes."
At this point Slam-Dunk had pretty much won me over with his cuteness but then only scored more points by knowing the color of his mom's eyes.
Me: "What is your mom's name?"
Slam-Dunk told me her name.
Me: "Okay...well let's see if we can find her. By the way...are you the one that just made an awesome slam dunk over in the produce section?"
Slam-Dunk nodded that yes, it was him.
Me: "It was a good shot."
Me: "Let's go back to produce since that's where I saw you just a couple of minutes ago and we'll see if we can find your mom there."
We arrived in the produce area and his mom wasn't there. I saw the Target employee who cheered Slam-Dunk's shot into the trash can and said, "We have a missing mom. Can you help us?"
She took us to Customer Service and had them page the little boy's mom which took a few minutes since they were busy with customers.
Me: "I'll stay here with you until your mom comes back if you want me to. We can sit here on the floor and wait together."
Me: "So how old are you?"
Me: "FIVE? Are you in kindergarten?"
Slam-Dunk (now relaxing a little more and starting to get more into the conversation): "NO! I'm still in preschool."
Me: "Preschool is good. What kinds of things do you learn in preschool?"
Slam-Dunk: "Well...I learn about God and Jesus."
Okay...seriously...this kid is stealing.my.heart.
Me: "That's awesome! So will you be in kindergarten next year?"
He looked up, saw his mom coming toward him and jumped to his feet to run to her. She looked relieved...but I could tell he was going to be in a little bit of trouble for wandering off. I felt bad for him but was happy to see him back with his mom.
As they walked away I said, "Hey...good luck next year in kindergarten."
Slam-Dunk: "K. Thanks!"
His mom smiled.
I hope they enjoyed the rest of their day together.
When I got home I unloaded groceries and as I was putting everything away I was counting the minutes until my own kids would be home. Home is much better when everyone is in it.
Wishing you a peaceFULLYsimple day.