wings and things

The happy tears!

on October 9, 2012

[I love remembering this kind of thing!]

Ming and I had gone to Bunbury specifically to search out and buy the latest Beyblades DVD, number 2, which had just come out. He already had number 1 so he was terribly excited that I was going to buy the next one for him. He loved these not-too-often, special occasions which he called “shopping spwee days.”

As usual it took a couple of hours to find it as two of the three mains shops that stocked that sort of thing had already sold out. But when we hit the third shop, hurray! Not only did they have Beyblades 2, they even had Beyblades 3!

Then came the crunch. As Ming held the two DVDs in his hot little hands, I told him that he had to choose one. He looked up at me longingly, a deep frown creasing his little forehead, then he looked back at the DVDs. “It’s a vewy differcult desishun, Mummy, isint it?”

I explained that I couldn’t afford both of them and that, even if I could, I didn’t want him to turn into a spoiled brat.

“But I haven’t been nawdy for millions of days, Mummy!” he said, trying to outmaneuver me with a winning smile. But it didn’t work. Well, not at first.

“One DVD and that is that!” I said in a mock stern voice.

“Okay,” he said with a big sigh. “But I havta siddown to fink.” With that, he plonked himself onto the ground and studied every detail of each DVD case for a good ten minutes.

Finally he leapt up and yelled, “Quick Mummy, I done my desishun!” He was obviously wanting to move fast before he changed his mind, which had happened on other occasions – sometimes too late.

Ming had chosen Beyblades 2,but his expression of deep regret as he put back Beyblades 3 got to me, so I secretly picked it up again when he wasn’t looking. I told him to go and check out the other DVDs while I made the purchase. I’d decided to surprise him by buying both.

After putting the package of DVDs in the car, we went to Hungry Jacks which was always part of the “shopping swee day.” Munching on his chips, Ming looked at me thoughtfully. “I fink I shoulda got numba 3, Mummy”. Again the frown.

“Maybe next time,” I said.

“Someone else’s widdle boy’ll get it,” he said sadly.

In the car, before we took off for home, I suggested he take a look at the DVD, so, excited again, he opened up the package. I glanced over to see the shock of his discovery washing over his face, but he didn’t say anything. He just looked up at me, bewildered.

I wondered why he was so quiet, then I saw that his eyes were filled with tears. “Ming!” I exclaimed, “What’s wrong?”

“I’m cwying from happiness, Mummy, look!” He wiped his eyes with the collar of his shirt and showed me the wet patch.

“Weal dwops! That never happened to me before!”

Ming was so blown away by his happy teardrops, that he nearly forgot the extra DVD. I was quite touched.

But as I started the car, he recovered (with remarkable speed, I thought later) and said, “When is numba 4 coming, Mummy?” with a mischievous grin.

30 responses to “The happy tears!

  1. angelasommers says:

    I love your blog, but especially the last few posts – and this one is my favorite so far! Thank you for sharing your life with us, your audience! 🙂

  2. Oh, how deeply sweet 😉

  3. Colline says:

    It is moments like these that make our kids special to us.

  4. Rhonda says:

    Ooooh I love this kid!

  5. bulldogsturf says:

    I love this story… these type things make great memories… thanks for sharing Julie…. Hugs

  6. Aww a boy’s happy tears make me smile! Awesome post…

  7. eof737 says:

    Aww… the voice reminds me of my kids at that age… such innocent and grateful for the love and toys… This is so sweet. 😉

  8. mimijk says:

    What a dewicious baby doll!!! A delight to read – thank you!

  9. FlaHam says:

    This made me smile, and of times 30 years ago when I had similar conversations and advents with my daughter. Thanks — Bill

  10. Northern Narratives says:

    You are a terrific writer.

  11. Andrea Kelly says:

    Aww, what a wonderful story!

  12. victoriaaphotography says:

    Aren’t children’s comments priceless.

    Ya gotta love Tears of Happiness.

  13. Gosh, I adore these stories of Ming as a child!

  14. What a cutie pie! Lovely story 😀

  15. pixilated2 says:

    I think there must be something wrong with my computer screen! Suddenly it has gone all bleary and I can’t make things out very well…

  16. Judith Post says:

    I think Ming got a lot of Andrew’s genes. Both charmers.

  17. Lovely story! Fun to learn Ming stories too! Obviously he has been gifted with an abundance of personality and thoughtfulness from both parents!

  18. bluebee says:

    “Shopping spwee” 😀 Your stories just come alive, Julie

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