Button started fussing on the way out of Target. I paused in front of the automatic doors.
I saw an opportunity, since our little Star Wars obsessed 2.5-year-old cheers up as soon as you get him thinking about a galaxy far, far away.
“[Button], those doors only open if you use The Force. Can you open them for us?”
His arm shot out, elbow locked, and he walked forward. The doors slid open as he approached. Instant excitement.
As we walked to our car through the parking lot, I heard him say something quietly to himself:
“I knew I could do it.”
There are definitely moments in parenting where we resort to deception. It doesn’t always sit well with me, but sometimes I have to pick my battles.
But there are times when a little deception can make a trip to the store for deodorant and toothpaste feel magical.