"So today's the day, eh?"
"For what?" Daughter mumbled, in-between bites of raspberry & cherry pancakes.
"Today. The day Rock Band comes out for Wii." I informed her, as matter-a-factly as I can, gulping down another swig of peach juice.
"No. Not on a Sunday." Munch. Munch. "I think it comes out Tuesday."
It's 11:40 am and we continue noshing lazily on our traditional Sunday brunch.
"No, today is the 22nd. It comes out today." I insisted. "I saw a TV ad for it yesterday." Mmmm... these oranges are really good...
Daughter grabbed my laptop and checked. Her eyes widened and the color drained from her face as Panic sets in. "Aaaahhh! We need to get to Walmart in 15 minutes!!!!"
In a flurry of action, we dropped our forks, changed Superman-speed into something non-pyjama-ish, hopped into the
Batmobile er, Caravan and sped off for the mall... abandoning hubby in our wake as he continued to sit dumbfounded, sipping on his morning coffee while the dust and paper napkins settled down around him.
Ten minutes later we arrived to find no less than 50 people milling around outside Walmart's doors. And more were sardined in-between the doors.
I parked the car after daughter performed her best Action-Film-Like Leap From a Moving Vehicle and joined the crowd. By the time I got there, the doors had just opened, and what do I see but Daughter, the FIRST inside sprinting to Electronics.
I caught up with her after she performed quick sweep of the unmanned department (with a lady and two nerdy guys hard on her heels), finally finding a little typed note taped to the empty Wii games cabinet:
(*NOT what she REALLY said).
Her hands slid down the glass in despair.
In an instant, she was gone again and I fell far behind, as she raced to the only videogame store in the mall... the same place that informed her weeks ago that all the Rock Band pre-orders were sold out.
Their doors hadn't opened yet, but there was Daughter, second inside once they did.
There they were. Stacked up beside the registers.
The Holy Grail she had been hunting for months. I do believe they were glowing with an ethereal radiance.
Then again, it just could have been the sunbeams streaming through the mall skylights.
Rock Band for Wii. Three boxes. That's all.
But were they holding them for the Pre-Orders only?
When she got to the till, Daughter nervously asked for one. The geeky clerk adjusted his thick glasses and asked if she had a pre-order slip.
Her heart sank.
No!!!! They were so close! She could touch them!
She admitted, no, she didn't.
He looked her in the eye.
She held her breath.
And he simply said "Okay" and rang her through.
With shaking hands, she now possessed her prize. Giggling, she lumbered out of the mall with the huge box.
I think I even saw a tear in her eye.
And in less than an hour after first realizing today was The Day (and after numerous appreciative hugs) there she was, pounding on the drums at 99% Expert as she showed us what the heck all the hoopla was about.
Yes, I said "Hoopla".
I have to admit it IS pretty cool. And she is really good at it.
But I was the Rock Star that day.
I really do.
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