Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Stakes are Raised

A visit to the dentist the week reminded me of Q-ster’s last doctor’s appointment. He sat patiently for his vaccination shot and sniffled just a little afterwards, reminded by the nurse that he would receive a prize for his efforts. She brought out a box of stickers and he selected one featuring a fire truck.

Thankfully, she’d already turned to put it away when the dude lifted the sticker to eye level and glanced at SwingDaddy and me to say, “THIS is the treat?” in a tone dripping with disdain. “No cookie?”

Our eyes met and we hustled him out of the office, embarrassed to think that perhaps we indulge him a bit too often, and that yeah, we’d like to get a cookie for our shots too.

5 comments:

Mayberry said...

After I leave the dentist I always have that paradoxical desire to reward myself with ... some sugary treat.

Mamacita Tina said...

I'm afraid our kids would do the same - stickers just don't cut it anymore. It's got to be at least a lolli.

Damselfly said...

Calling a sticker a treat, hmm. They should call a sticker a sticker and a spade a spade!

Alex Elliot said...

I would love to get a cookie as a treat for shots!

kittenpie said...

I usually take pumpkinpie out for hot chocolate on her way back from the doctor. I have her thank the nurses after her shots, though, so they are usually dying to give her a lollipop, since I don't think they get that too often!