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Friday, December 19, 2014
I am not a
Christmas person. It just isn’t one of my favorite holidays. But I make it a
priority for son. For the last eight years, Christmas shopping has been no big
But this year, my
son is nine and I can feel things are changing. He is becoming more interested
in different things along with the inevitable question about the man in the red
So the Road
Tripper has been on the quest for Christmas presents.
James Edward has
never been picky about gifts. I could bring him some straws, toothpicks and a
roll of duct tape and the boy would create something cool.
Last year, he
requested Legos. I got him Star Wars Legos. After 20 minutes of trying to
figure it out, we came up with our own crazy creations.
I wanted to get
him something special.
Thanks to the
lower gas prices, I have traveled in search of the gift.
Recently, I went
to the Toys R Us in Fayetteville. I was in the store for a minute and realized
that I was way out of my comfort zone. There were too many colors, children and
options. I headed to Barnes and Noble to calm down.
After an iced
coffee, I went to comics and graphic novel section, where I decided a gift
certificate would be perfect so he could pick out his own comics.
I headed to Cross
Creek Mall. Yes, the mall. It has been a longtime since I was in a mall.
The city where I
used to live had mall but I wouldn’t call it a mall.
After parking in
Timbukto, I hiked to the door.
not an option for a nine-year-old boy.
Cross Creek Mall
was pretty awesome with everything from Charlotte Russe and Loft to Radioshack
and Foot Locker.
And they had a
Food Court. I took a brief break to eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
I left the mall
with a full tummy, some Hallmark cards and no gifts for my son.
My next shopping
adventure was in Goldsboro. At this point, I had some shopping guidance from my
son. I asked him what he wanted for Christmas—a drone from Santa.
I quietly asked
what his other realistic wishes were for Christmas. A booster pack of Yu-Gi-Oh
cards was what he asked for from me.
I googled this
and ended up confused.
So I headed to my
favorite go-to-place for James Edward presents—Books-A-Million.
For those, who
don’t know my son, he loves Iron Man. He loves all comic book characters but
Iron Man is his favorite. It has been this way since he was two years old. He
has seen all of the movies. He dresses Iron Man on Halloween or just for the
fun of it. To say, he loves Iron Man is the understatement of the year.
Well on the
clearance table for 50 percent off was a giant Iron Man figure.
One gift down and
Daily Dose 1. Two early deadlines down and one to go! 2. Red velvet cupcakes! 3. Seeing my bestie!!!