My parents used to always say that I was spoiled, but never spoiled rotten, and I think this is true. I think spoiling a kid a little bit is just fine and dandy, as long as they don't start to expect to get everything they want. Of course, the fact that my family didn't have a lot of money kept my spoiling within "not rotten" limits.
I think Jude is also a little spoiled. It's the only child thing. We only children grow up believing that we are the center of the universe because, well...we are. But I'm happy to report that Jude is by no means a "grabber" (as Jimmy would say), he never expects to get everything he wants, and he's always tremendously appreciative of what he does get. He's a good boy, and his good boyness just makes us want to give him even more.
One problem of being the poorish family amongst a bunch of rich families at Jude's school is the "fabulous vacation". After every Christmas/Easter/summer vacation, he gets to hear about everybody's "fabulous vacation". In the last year, I'd say about 3/4 of the kids in his class went with their families to either Europe or some island somewhere or to some ski resort. We, on the other hand, went either nowhere or to Grandma's house. It's sad. And though Jude has never once ever complained, I know he must be jealous. I AM. I see pictures of everybody's "fabulous vacations" on Facebook and turn absolutely green.
Recently, his friends families have been planning their Spring Break vacations. Hawaii seems to be the top destination. Jude had pretty much resigned himself to staying home and at least getting a little extra video game time in. And then...
Jimmy's brother, Tony called. Tony, who is Jude's only uncle and godfather, and his wife, the Amazing Niki, announced that they wanted to take Jude and me on a vacation for a week to...
That's right! We're going to Disney World!
Jude is so excited he can't stand it! His friends are actually jealous of him! "Dude, you're so lucky!" And though Disney World might not be as relaxing as Hawaii, I'm totally up for it, I love some rides!
So even though we can't spoil the boy rotten, his uncle and aunt can!
If you're in Orlando in April, let me know and we'll do a meet up!
This post was inspired by...
Prompt #1 - A blog post inspired by the word: Spoiled.