Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Best Day of His Life

As a media consultant for the newspaper I support businesses by attending as many of their grand openings as possible. I had two this past Saturday, so I brought my 8 year-old son Aidan with me. The first was at a frozen yogurt shop, where he received a chocolate shake and a green miniature motorcycle as a prize.  Next we stopped at a new local dentist and eye doctor that share the same facility, where a crowd gathered outside for their ribbon cutting ceremony. There I saw one of my colleagues from the Long Island Advance. Beside her was Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco and Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce president Dave Kennedy. I introduced Aidan to all.

Later in the car, he asked, “Mom, what did Mr. Calarco say his job was?

“Suffolk County Legislator,” I said. After repeating the title slowly, Aidan asked, “Mom, what is that again?”

Trying to simplify it, I responded, “He’s a politician representing us in the local government.”

There was a pause, followed by a revelation.

“Oh WOW! He works with President Obama.”

“Not exactly,” I said.

“Well, I’m still going to tell Mrs. Nettles that I met a politician,” Aidan decided. He was referring to his teacher, someone who’d be very surprised, he informed me.
More silence followed that ended with another question.

“Who was the guy next to him in the sun glasses again?”

“That was Mr. Kennedy, our Chamber of Commerce President.” I told him.

 “What’s a Chamber-of-Commerce anyway?” Aidan asked.

“It’s a group for local business owners.” I explained.

There was a long pause after my response and then Aidan announced,

“Mom, I think this was the best day of my life and I didn’t even know it when it was happening.”

I tried not to laugh out loud, and instead inquired why.

“First I got frozen yogurt and a prize for just showing up. Then I met someone just like George Washington and standing next to him was President Business from the Lego movie!”

“I wish I could view every day like you do,” I said. 

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