Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/400 sec, f/11, ISO 1100 — full exif
for the first time, all by himself
We ran out of bread this morning, so Anthony ran to the store to get some. It was his first time to go out all by himself.
Things sort of started yesterday when we were both getting haircuts. While he was waiting for my cut to finish, I suggested that he go to a nearby bakery to pick out some bread for himself for today's breakfast. He'd never gone out like that himself, but it was just a minute away, so I gave him some money and sent him out. He accomplished his task well, and was proud.
So, he had his bread this morning, but I didn't have any for myself. I thought to build on yesterday's achievement, so suggested that he run to the nearby 7-11 to pick some up for me. He was excited about the prospect, so Fumie and I came up with a few things he should pick up for us. He drew up a list, shown at right:
- Bread × 2
- Yogurt × 1
- Drink × 1
- Anthony's bread 1
- Small toy 1
I told him he could get a small toy, as a celebration of his accomplishment.
We gave him money and a key, and as he headed out, Fumie and I moved to the veranda to catch a glimpse of him.
We waited for a while, and a few minutes later he came marching back with bag in hand.
When he paid at the cash register, he forgot about the change and started to walk off, to which the checkout lady called after him with 「お客様！お客様！」 (“Customer! Customer!”). It's lost in translation how cute that is, those honorifics being used to a six-year-old. It's all the more cute to us because we didn't see it, but rather, heard him recount it.
It was also sort of funny that during his short few-minute shopping trip, he used the bathroom. Maybe he was nervous or it was just bad timing... or, maybe he felt it was fun to make those decisions on his own.
We should have had “milk” on the list, because an hour later we ran out. “I'll go get some!” he quickly volunteered. So he went out a second time, coming back with two one-liter cartons.
Our little baby is growing up.