A couple of weeks ago, on my wife’s birthday, we decided to spend some time at a local furniture and electronics store looking around for home decorating ideas. Seth was happy to be our sidekick for the night. This is one of Seth’s favorite settings — he had the two of us all to himself at a place where he could ask us to buy him almost everything he saw.
This is a fairly new furniture store that is very large. We started in the family/living room area and as we were making our way through, Seth talked and talked. He sat on almost every couch and then told us we should buy it. His happiness at being there with us was amusing.
After walking through all the furniture areas we ended up at the electronics. Seth spent time checking out the iPads, laptops, headphones and GoPros. He had to touch everything. He also wanted to know the sizes and differences in all of the large screen TVs. Seth and his mom also made a brief (15-minute) stop at the $5,000 massage chairs, one of which he begged us to buy because it was capable of making him feel as if he were in zero gravity.
On our way out we walked through the country or cabin section of the store. They had a rock fountain with stuffed black bears climbing around it. Seth loved it. He kept saying over and over, “Don’t you wish our house looked like this?”
To Seth’s disappointment, we left without buying anything, but we had a great time. Taking a child to a store like that is not always pleasant. As my wife says, taking Seth to certain stores can leave you sweating and wishing for a child tranquilizer (it was much worse when he was younger). However, we had an enjoyable evening and loved being there with him. We realized that if we could see things as he does, even something as mundane as a furniture store, life would be a lot more exciting.