Don’t Forget the Beer

posted by Momo Fali on June 14, 2010

Two years ago a friend of ours with a self-employed husband, two kids and an ailing father who had recently moved into her home, made me feel like lazy-schmuck-mom when she decided to go back to nursing school.

About a month ago she graduated…with honors…and yesterday she found out she passed her boards. After two years of hearing, “I can’t. I have to study” it was time to celebrate.

At the last minute I decided to throw together some dinner. A Mexican fiesta, if you will. Mostly because no Mexican fiesta is complete without margaritas.

The kids and I headed to the grocery store and my son got the coveted job of being the “list checker-offer”. His tiny, eight-year-old self, which still fits easily into the seat of a shopping cart, called off the items. As I added them to the cart, he would mark them off the list.

Now, you can not deny that you look in other carts to see what people are buying. I do it. I know you do it too. Standing amid the produce section with a cart full of colorful peppers, lettuce, onions and tomatoes, I knew I was disliked by more than one parent with a non-veggie eater. I could hear them thinking, “How does she do it?” I may have puffed up my chest. Just sayin’.

But, as he usually does, my son brought my delusions of parenting grandeur to a crashing halt when he loudly stated, “Okay, the next thing we need is Triple Sec.”


  • Tara R.

    He was doing an excellent job as the 'list-checker-offer.' Triple Sec is made with orange flavoring, you could rationalize it is a fruit.

  • MommyTime


  • Jodi


  • Tim Kissane

    Thanks for starting my day with a laugh!

  • Heather


    Also, may I borrow him for my Costco trips? I never stick with the list– Something tells me he'd put a stop to that pretty quickly 😉

    Congrats to your friend!

  • WeaselMomma

    That kid is great! He can help me shop any day.

  • The Urban Cowboy

    Congrats to your friend on graduating! At least your son was true to the list.

  • Zoeyjane

    It could have been worse. He could have said, "We need Triple Sec, Cuervo AND Captain Morgan's! And don't forget the limes, sweet cheeks."

  • Kori

    I always like to get all superior when I look in other people's carts, too. No soda, lots of fruits and veggies, whole grain crackers…but then the three pound bag of M&M's not hidden well enough gives me away EVERY time. 🙂

  • Amie

    At least he didn't shout something like, "Mom, you need to get super-absorbent tampons" within earshot of a cute butcher or something…

  • meleah rebeccah

    he's the best and funniest list-reader-checker-off-er that ever lived!

  • UP

    Like I've said before, when you go to Wal-Mart, fill your cart with condoms and motor oil. People leave you alone!

    Cute story…and it worries me not a little that the child knows what Triple Sec is!! YIKES!


  • rockle

    ZOMG that is going to be my new "get through the day" item. Randomly I will just announce, "OK, the next thing we need is Triple Sec."

    What can possibly go wrong?

  • Oscar

    Gotta love that kid!

    Yes I look too! Mostly at the young mommies carts. LOL

    I have a whole theory – wil have to post one day about it – Will give you props

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    My girls want to call all of their drinks "my beer."

    We start our youngins out early down here in the south.

  • BusyDad

    Nice to know your boy won't accept margarita mixers. He can help me with grocery shopping any day. By the way, what beer WOULD he recommend?

  • Surfer Jay

    Well, he knows what his mom needs at the end of the day.

  • Dapoppins

    And I bet he said it perfectly and loudly too, like the pro he is!

    Now, I don't drink, but why do margaritas sound so yummy right now…?

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