Antonio had me at, “You can blog about it.”
I studied him, then upped the ante, “With photos … of you?”
To convince a twelve-year-old boy to pose for photos at any time is challenging.
That is how I came to be standing in a line at Target on a Friday morning before the store opened.
Amiibos would be released at 8 am. It was Antonio’s goal to get three of them before they were sold out. But, he had school. Since I had the day off from work, I would be a perfect stand-in.
The night before the big release, Antonio insisted that we take a practice run. I needed to know the most direct route to the sales counter.
He would have preferred that I camp overnight outside the store doors. He even offered that he and Crystel would join me. He surmised that the both of them could bring their bikes and leave me first in line when it came time for them to bike to school.
I actually thought about it. It would be a new and shared experience. But, then again, I thought I should save that opportunity for something other than a fairy-type Pokemon. Concert tickets or ….. I don’t know …. I’ve never wanted anything bad enough to camp overnight for it.
What we would do for our kids. Antonio certainly wanted these Amiibos. His goal was to collect every one. He has 17.
I’m not a collector. I’m a purger. It took me awhile to understand that my children were different from me. There were times that I cringed realizing — a little too late — that they were collecting the very items I was purging. The items were already down the road at ARC or the school store or the garbage can.
A text message interrupted my thoughts.
Antonio wanted to know if I was in line, how many were in front of me, and if they were kids.
All men in their twenties except a young lady sitting next to me, I text back.
I set down my phone and asked her why she was there. “My brother,” she said. Adding, “He owes me.”
I stood up. “Hey, I’m writing a blog,” I said, loud enough for everyone to hear. “Do you mind if I take your picture?” A thumbs up, a nod of the head, a grunt. “Anyone mind?” I questioned again. No answer, which was my answer.
At 8 am when the doors opened, I was surprised at the calm.
My peeps walked single file. No cutting in line. The first guy determined the pace. Three clerks were at the counter waiting for us. Amiibos were stacked behind them. By the time it was my turn, two amiibos were already sold out.
Antonio will learn if I scored any others on his birthday in July.
Not knowing until then will torment him. I love doing that to an almost 13-year old.