So it's now official, I'm an honorary mall rat. It all happened like this.
After having the best Thanksgiving that I've ever had, it appeared that lil'bro Josh was jonesing about something. So I hound him for like a half an hour and finally dragged it out of him.
The lab test results are due on Tuesday and it's only Friday.
Ah yes the dreaded lab tests. I remember how antsy I got waiting for the damn things. You know I don't think it the outcome that's so scary, it's the not knowing. So I decide I have to do something to get his mind off of it. Then it hit me, "Why don't we go to the mall?" I had some shopping to do and I figured at least I'd have someone to help carry all that crap right?
So we drive over there and what a mistake! I should have known better. The parking lot is almost full so we have to park somewhere in the next state I think. When we got inside, as expected, there were hordes of people everywhere. Well I not very happy in the middle of crowds so I figured I'd get what I came for, a quick in and out.
I head straight for the sporting goods store. My mission: to buy fifteen warm winter coats of various sizes and styles to be handed out on Sunday. When we get to the store it's packed a real horror. Josh taps me on the shoulder and say's, "Do you mind if I wait out here?"
Well I figure that I don't really need a pissy 16 y.o. along with the crowds so I tell him "It's ok" and I dive into the fray.
It took me about an hour to pick out everything I wanted, get it paid for and packed up. The sales guy offered to helped me carry it all out of the store to where Josh is waiting. Now I'm expecting to find him sitting around just mooping. Boy was I wrong! While I'm busy shopping, he manages to assemble a gang of "Mall Rats" aging between 13 and 16. Fine, I say to myself. "At least he's not dwelling on the tests." He looks over at me. (I must have looked like a bag lady or something without the cart) Before I know it the gang of Mall Rats descends on me and there ready to help take it all out to my truck. Who knew that Josh was the "Pied Piper?"
On the way out to my truck he asks me if we can stay a while. Did I say I don't like crowds? He's having fun so how can I turn him down?
So we're now going to do "The Mall."
Picture this, I'm surrounded by a pack of freaky kids. Security is giving me the eye as we go from store to store. We went to the arcade, two music store, the food court. There wasn't a single place in that mall we didn't go to at some point. Now I'm starting to notice that there is this one kid Josh's age that he's been staying close to. Every where he goes this kid follows. Everywhere the kid goes Josh is right there. So now I get it. Duh!
Now all this time I've been sort of unofficially elected to be pack leader :2hands: (Read this as baby sitter) and I guess they were as a whole pretty good kids. Anyway we didn't get tossed out but the whole time I'm wishing that Killer was with me.
Now it's time to leave and between my brother and his "New Friend" this quasi emotional scene is playing out with Josh giving the kid his phone number and getting one in return. Meanwhile I'm saying my good bye's to pack. A couple of the kids suggested that I come back and hang out with them on Saturday. Yeah, right. Then out of the corner of my eye I see "New Friend" give josh a peck on the cheek and whisper something in his ear. I think that's sooooo cute! And so was "New Friend." As we were walking to the truck Josh kept turning around and looking back, you know that "New Friend" must have been still standing there.
Anyway so now I am an honorary "Mall Rat" and Josh has a special friend. BTW, he hasn't mentioned anything about the tests since, I guess he has other things on his mind.
Till next time/