Yesterday, after several days of
arguing negotiating debating encouraging talking about pants shopping, my 12yo decided he would tolderate a trip to the mall with me.
“But only if I get food!” he said.
Fine. We’ll head to the food court AFTER looking for pants.
We looked for pants. We found no pants. My kid will not wear jeans or any type of pant that isn’t athletic wear.
We did find one pair on the one shelf that was marked ‘new arrivals’ rather than ‘deeply discounted’ and he tried them on and like them. I looked at the price and said no.
“I’ll go back in two weeks, they’ll be marked down”, I promised.
So we headed to the food court. Now, it has to be said that this mall was recently renovated and the food court is in a new location and much improved. The seating is comfortable, clean and diverse in the sense that you can eat at a counter, on a stool or seated at a table. There is natural light coming in from above in the vaulted, glass ceiling. And the restaurant/food options are predominantly decent; i.e there are the traditional fast food places like McDonalds and Tim Hortons, but there are a lot of Asian, Italian, Indian, Mexican and other ethnic options.
My boy wanted to wander around first, check out all the choices. After a couple of circuits he decided on:
- sushi from the Japanese place
- greek salad and Pepsi from Cultures
- poutine from New York Fries with two forks so we can share ❤
- frozen raspberry yogurt from Yogen Fruz
We picked a spot to sit. Just as he was about to dig in some guy nearby started yapping on his phone in a really loud, irritating voice, so we got up and went someplace else. We picked a counter, with comfortable leather chairs, and my son started eating his sushi rolls.
I sipped on a Perrier while nibbling a little from his fries.
The whole time he was eating I thought to myself: good thing we had the foresight to add a second fridge to our household. I think the worst is yet to come.
He’ll be 13 in March. And he has no plans to stop playing competitive hockey. Food, I think, will be a major preoccupation in the coming years.