Another source of free entertainment is the American mall. The mall, free? What? How is that? Keep reading. I shop at the mall about once a year. I just think everything is so OVERPRICED! I can't even afford the underwear that they sell at the mall. But I've learned to be a smart mother and I now can use every lack of funds moment to my advantage.
A few months ago, we stopped in at the mall just to eat at the food court.) O.k. so I go to the mall more than once a year, but going to the food court doesn't count.) About twice a year, we like to go as a family and let everyone get whatever kind of food they want.
After all 5 of us have ordered food from different establishments we give our kids a lesson in sharing and divide the smor·gas·bord around the table. When we have each eaten every possible food group and we can feel them sloshing around in our digestive systems, we can't help but feel like we've made it in life! The food court is a true symbol of American life. When your whole family can get their favorite mass produced food and enjoy it at the same table, you know you live in America. Or Japan, but we aren't counting the fact that everyone in Japan has rice as their same favorite food.
Well, how do we top a night off when we have all just gorged ourselves on MSG? After forking out $20 for food, we are then ready for some free entertainment. First, we stop at the little kiddie quarter rides. The kids know we won't pay the quarter, but they think it is fun to climb in anyways. It is the same concept for LG. As I watch the kids on the kiddie rides, he goes inside the video game store. LG knows that I won't give him the quarter, but he likes to climb anyway.
And, then, before we leave the mall, I get my entertainment....no, not the IceCream Dots, but watching the family take bottomless rides on the....you've got it.. the escalators. Even though the girls have graduated from calling the escalators "alligators", they still always love to ride. Now, as Mormons, you know we don't believe in excess, (so we try not to go overboard on the riding) but we ride just enough to properly bother every possible mall-goer who believes the escalator was made only for floor transition. My daughters are 8, 6, and 4 and still think it is the escalator is the greatest invention in the whole wide world. LG usually putters out after 2 ups and 2 downs, but I like to keep on riding, so that I can keep getting a good glance at the girls smiling from ear to ear.
So, see, ladies, there are advantages (besides appeasing your budget nazi husbands) to only going to the mall three times a year....all kinds of free entertainment right under your nose.
And the quote of the day:
"I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only
become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign,
only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience." ~ Mitch