After church and after dinner, it was time to head to Wal*Mart for some late-night shopping. Right away he saw something he just had to have. "It's a wind-up walking zombie! Clearance for $3!"
"No," mother said. "Absolutely no."
He frowned, but held on to it, just in case she changed her mind. They walked on through the store--looking at toys, at shelving, at video games. Eventually he gave up on the walking zombie and tossed it up onto a display chair as mother was busy looking at irons.
They were almost done, and decided to look at backpacks; sister's had broken. While the girls were wrapped up in school supplies, he was looking at bins of sundry when he found it: a small, shark-shaped hat for dogs. It suddenly appeared on his head. His giggling eventually drew a beleaguered look from mother.
She tried to hold it in, to ignore him, but eventually had to vaguely smile along. "That looks pretty funny."
"I have to buy it. I have to." He began to dance around, jumping and twirling in the middle of the store. Other shoppers pointedly ignored him.
Mother continued on, winding her way slowly towards the checkout. He danced in front of her--tapping, leaping, high-stepping, and River Dancing until they finally got into line.
"Fine, you can buy it."
Even though it was late, the cashier seemed amused. She scanned the hat, passed it back, and said, "Okay, you can put it back on."
The old man in line behind them was less impressed.
As they transferred bags from the carousel into the cart, he and sister discussed Halloween ideas. "I'm going as Skyler White for Halloween," she said.
"You should go as something more interesting. Hitler maybe."
She thought about it. "Yeah, that could work."
"Ooo, Sexy Hitler! Khaki mini-skirt, low-cut SS jacket..."
"What are you going as?" Sexy Hitler seemed to be outside her comfort-zone.
"Hodor. I'll wear my cloak, powder my face... Ooo, Sexy Hodor! Shave my legs, powder them--"
"We're leaving," mother said. And so they did.
Once they were in the car, mother retracted the sun roof, and he decided it would be a good idea to stand, shark-hat flapping in the breeze, waving at people as they drove past. Those who saw were amused. Most waved, some honked. Then they were home, and their adventure ended.