Sometimes it pays to be goofy.
When I called Fiona tonight and asked her if she needed anything while I was on my way home, she and Katie asked me to pick up something from McDonalds. And, could I please ask them for a “crabby patty”?
“What’s that?” I replied. “Something new at McD’s?” All I heard was giggles in reply.
“Just do it, mom, PLEASE!”
The girls explained it was a burger in SpongeBob Squarepants.
Oh. I have to admit I’ve never seen an episode of SpongeBob.
“OK, I’ll do it, but only if you guys come with me.”
So I stopped at home, picked up the girls and off to McDonalds we went.
I placed their order, then asked for a “crabby patty.”
Again, all I got in response was giggles on the other end – and raucous laughter coming from the back seat.
“Did you say a ‘crabby patty’?” the girl asked. “Yes,” I said as seriously as I could. “You know, a burger in a bun? With ketchup, mustard, pickles.”
More giggles. “OK, and would you like anything else?”
“No, thank you. That will do.”
As word spread of the fearless mom ordering a “crabby patty” at the McDonalds drive-through, I began earning “cool points.” They are running into the tens of thousands as of this posting.
I have become the mother of cool.