This afternoon, I splurged a little and hired a sitter to stay home with my little girls while I took my big kids to the movies. I had read them Prince Caspian and we just haven't ever seemed to have the time to take them to see it. Teensy didn't pay attention that well while we read it, so I felt justified in leaving her behind.
Let me now confess that I had always been one to take food to the movies. I'd run to Target and buy cheap candy, stuff my purse with fruit snacks, or even make PB & J sandwiches to eat if the movie was around lunch time. BUT, I am married to the King of Honesty and Ethics and it has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion that such practices are, in fact, dishonest and unethical. Recently, I've decided to repent.
Now, I'm not a person who believes that every trip to the theater mandates a treat (going to the movies is a treat in and of itself), but today's outing was supposed to be a special time for my older children and I to spend together. That calls for a treat. I bought each of them a "Kids Pack" (mini popcorn, sip 'o soda, package of fruit snacks) and a bag of M&M's and bottle of water for myself. Grand total: $19. Can you believe that?
I started to freak out in my own mind, thinking thoughts of "highway robbery" and whatnot. Then, I decided to look at things a new way: if I can teach my children to be honest like their father, for under $20, that's a great bargain, indeed!