Ok, as a parent, I know fast food is not healthy. French fries and soda have to be way up there on the list of things that should not be eaten.
But, my kids received gift cards for Christmas and were dying to go spend their loot! Thursday night, we took a field trip to McDonalds and I have to admit that it was a really good experience.
My son ordered two happy meals. I told him he could just get one and an extra sandwich, but it was his money, so whatever. He was so excited to have 2 toys, and 2 sodas, and 2 containers of fries. He still had money leftover to get 3 cookies.
But, there was another family. A family that reminded me of my childhood, there were 4 kids. They were so friendly and rambunctious. The kind of kids I can let my kids play with without fear that they will tattle because my kids were jumping and bumped into them and they fell down. The kind of kids that you keep one eye on because the combination of them and your kids has the potential to have someone trying to climb the outside of the playground and having to make an emergency room visit. You know, kids that enjoy life fully and are not afraid to have fun.
They reminded me of my childhood because there were so many little kids, because they were pretty frugal. No happy meals for these kids, instead large orders of fries they could share. And they were home-schooled just like I was when I was their age.
The kids had a blast playing with them. We learned that one boy was so excited to get a checkers set for Christmas. We learned that another really liked the happy meal toys and wanted to play with them. My son showed incredible generocity, not only sharing his cookies and letting them play with his toys, but he also gave away one of his toys to one of the boys.
As a parent, when your kid surprises you with his ability to be compassionate, that is the best thing ever. :)