Cyber Monday 50% OFF SITE WIDE! Check it out now | Free Shipping + Financing Available!

A Trio of Two-Fisted Lollipop Lickers

by S Ralph November 15, 2011

By: Shannon Ralph

I had to go to the bank yesterday. I don’t remember the last time I was in the drive-thru at the bank. My paychecks are direct deposited. I do most of my banking online. I simply don’t have reason to go to the bank very often. Yesterday, however, I had a check from my insurance company I needed to deposit, so the kids and I piled into the car and headed to our local branch of USBank.

As is their usual protocol, the kids were talking entire too loudly in the backseat of the car. Despite my numerous threats of bodily harm, they were not keeping their hands to themselves. “She touched me!” “He licked me!” “She looked at me!” “He pinched me!” Grievances were being tossed around like beach balls. Apparently, the woman in the teller window noticed that I had children —they’re really impossible to miss when in howler monkey mode— and decided to give us a little treat. Imagine my surprise when I opened the plastic tube and out toppled six Dum-Dum suckers. Do banks really still give out suckers? It had been months since I had been to the bank, and probably years since I had been with my children. I assumed the issuing of suckers went away with tight-rolled jeans and the Rubik’s cube. I guess I was wrong.

I remember going to the bank with my mom as a child. We were at the bank considerably more often than I am today. Four kids crammed into a Chevette praying quietly that there would be no root beer suckers in our stash. Come on lady…give me watermelon! It’s refreshing to see that some things never change. This time, however, it was three kids crammed into the back of a Camry. But the response was the same. You would have thought I handed each of my children a hundred dollar bill when I tossed the six suckers in the back seat. Instantly, the howler monkeys disappeared. They were replaced by excited children swapping licks of their chosen suckers. Giggly children with a sucker in each hand. Two-fisted lollipop lickers.

And yes, some things always remain the same. There was a root beer sucker among the mix.

The post A Trio of Two-Fisted Lollipop Lickers appeared first on The Next Family.




S Ralph
S Ralph

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

e13db90f29f21c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d61cb710479cf7_640_fitness-300x214@2x

Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment

SidsFamily

By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →