If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation. ~Napoleon Hill
Nothing is as rewarding as working toward a goal and reaching it. Kyle has been working hard to collect, earn, and find enough money to upgrade his ipod Touch 4th generation 8GB. Well, needless to say he did it, in record time might I add, within a week’s time frame. Kyle saved the four hundred dollars, plus the tax for his new ipod Touch 4th generation 64GB. He had his eyes on the prize and saw the finish line. As of this past weekend Kyle re-counted his money to show me he was ready to go shopping. He even said, “Aunt Heather could you count the money too to make sure it’s all there?” I said, “Nope, you are pretty good at math and I trust you can count accurately.” He looked at me and nodded in a confident way with his little smirk.
On Saturday morning, my sister called and started to negotiate with him for his current ipod Touch. Being on speaker phone, I heard the deals fly. His mission was to get one hundred dollars for the 8GB device, while my sister’s mission was to teach Kyle about dickering back-and-forth. I could tell he wasn’t quite getting it, then I had to step in and help the poor little guy out. Nicole said, “Ok does the case come with it?” Kyle looked down at his three dollar case and didn’t know how to answer her. I stepped in and said, “The case is yours.” He looked at me shocked! I said, Kyle I’ll get you another case, it’s minimal. He nodded in agreement. Nicole retorted, “Are there scratches? What kind of shape is it in?” Kyle tried by saying, “It’s in good shape, there are some scratches on the back.” I couldn’t help myself, Kyle seemed like a sinking ship. I said, “It’s the new 4th generation ipod in the coveted white. The ipod just came out this past November and he got it for Christmas, so its only five months old and in great condition.” That was an understatement, Kyle took very good care of his ipod. Nicole started laughing and said, “I’m suppose to be negotiating with Kyle!” I interjected again, “He needs a little help” as I gave Kyle a wink and a grin. He takes the cue and said, “Ya Aunt Nikki, I looked online and I can get up to one hundred fifty dollars for the white one like mine.” I heard her giggling in pride and amusement. Nicole gave Kyle one last effort, “Ok does it come with a cord and wall charger?” Kyle looked at me like ‘Help I don’t know what to say?’. You see I got Kyle the wall charger separately, like his case. Giving him the biggest ornery grin I had in me, and speaking very deliberately into the phone, I said, “You send us a hundred dollar check and get it to us by Wednesday we’ll give you the ipod, the case, the cord and the wall charger.” Then Kyle interjected by saying, “Ya Aunt Nikki or cash.” That’s my buddy!!! I about died laughing when I heard that came out of his mouth. I told Kyle we can take a check from Aunt Nikki since she’s mailing it and she’s a trusted source. Nicole wrapped it up by saying, “Alright deal.” Kyle smiled ear to ear, being excited about his negotiation skills and the thought of that new ipod in his hands by this past Wednesday.
Now Kyle wanted to know when I was going to take him to get his new device that was going to give him freedom to store eight times the ‘stuff’ in the palm of his hand. Since he’s going into surgery this Saturday, he wanted his new ipod before he goes under. I don’t blame him, that’s something good to look forward to, in the face of the hospital and doctors. I also didn’t want him to take swimming this past Wednesday, right before surgery, so that’s when we both concocted the plan of ipod shopping. How could I say no to all his efforts and hard work.
Obviously we could have ordered the ipod online, went to Best Buy, Target, Wal Mart or any of the local stores, but instead I wanted him to have a true apple experience. I took Kyle to the Apple store in Shady Side, Pittsburgh. I don’t really get to go into the city very often and I know Kyle has never been to Shady Side, so I thought it might be a nice little trip, something different.
On the way down, I had to stop and get gas in the car, treating this like a true adventure. As we were at Sheetz fueling up, with overpriced gas might I add, Kyle decided he wanted an MTO. We sat at the picnic tables outside the convenience store. Kyle ate and I continued quizzing him on his history homework, knowing we wouldn’t be getting back till later and he had a Social Studies test the next day. Also keep in mind, before this point, I had Kyle reading over his questions in the car. Then that brings me to what happened next. After he ate his wrap and smuffin, I kept quizzing until he looked a little green. I said, “What’s wrong buddy?” and he placed his hand over his stomach and said, “I’m just feeling a little sick. Kind of like I’m going to throw up.” Wow! This happened quick, one moment he was fine all excited about our trip and now he is ready to blow chunks. Kyle made a very good observation that it was pretty hot out and I tend to get sick too in the heat too. “Ok, let’s get in the air conditioned car, please throw away the garbage and I’ll get you some cold water.” was all I got out before I turned toward his direction and saw the same food that was just ingested being upchucked into the trash can. Yikes! I ran and got him water and eventually moved him into the air conditioning.
Now it was time to make some hard and fast decisions. “Kyle are you ok?”, he quickly retorted with a “Ya, I’m alright, I think it was the heat.”
“Do you want me to take you home?”
“Ya, maybe. Can we get my ipod before Saturday?”
“No Kyle, we have your baseball game tomorrow night, (referring to Thursday) and then you have guitar and piano lessons are Friday.”
“O, Ok, well then let’s just go now, I’m feeling better.”
“No, if you’re not feeling well, we can get it another time, you have an ipod to play with, I think you’ll be fine.”
“Um, ya but let’s just go now. I’m feeling a lot better Aunt Heather. I think it was also me reading when we were driving.”
Now that I know he was feeling all right, I did mention, “Kyle do you chew your food? It looked like the entire smuffin in the trash, like you didn’t even bite into it.” He gave me the Kyle grin and we both laughed. I said, “Ok I guess the Battle at Tippecanoe and the War of 1812 are going to have to wait.”
After I made Kyle go in the bathroom and wash his hands and rinse out his mouth, I also had him get a piece of fruit to eat. We got back in the car, cranked on the a/c and headed west toward out destination. He was fine after that and started to become really excited the closer we got. Naturally like a proud aunt, I video taped the experience and took a few pictures while I was there.
As we approached the store, Kyle saw the apple logo hovering over the doors welcoming us into our very own apple experience. I let Kyle lead the charge; after all it was his money, his purchase, and his choice. As always the apple employees are seriously the nicest and most helpful, welcoming us as if we are their most cherished customers. Kyle gave the young lady direction on what he wanted and they went right to work. He picked the white one, fitting to replace his last one. I tried to stay out his way and let him make the complete transaction. But then I noticed after he gave Ashley, our personal apple assistant for the time being, all the details, he started to play a game on one of the demo models like no body else existed in the store. What? Like he’s never played a game on an ipod before!
Eventually, I managed to peel him away from the game long enough to pick out a new case and sign the receipt. We were even going to have them set Kyle up, but he never backed up his purchases to the icloud and he forgot his ipod at home, which is strange because he drags that thing around with him everywhere.
After we walked around and got some answers to my questions, we exited the store in the same friendly fashion as we entered. Then we decided to walk around Shady Side. Kyle decided he was hungry, well naturally he really didn’t have a dinner. We saw a few different places, one being a frozen yogurt place and I convinced Kyle to get some real food first, then if he wanted we could come back. Kyle picked the place, Cappy’s. Through dinner Kyle was talking to my sister and he she must have asked were are we eating because all I hear Kyle say, ‘Crabs, no I mean, crepes’ followed by some serious laughing on his part. Then he looked at me and said, “Where are we?” and I quickly answered, knowing what he was trying to get to, “Cappy’s”. He thought that was the funniest thing, he couldn’t stop laughing about being tongue tied Tim, even after he hung up the phone.
After dinner I fulfilled my promise and took Kyle to Happy Berry for his make-your-own frozen yogurt sundae. We sat there sharing the bowl, that he made to reach the ceiling, and studied his homework. He did a great job answering the questions. Some lady overheard us and told us that she remembers missing the trick question, ‘What year was the war of 1812?’ Kyle just smiled like ‘really lady?’ but was polite and didn’t say anything.
We eventually made our way back to the car and headed in the opposite direction we came from. Kyle played with his new ipod Touch the entire way. You know I had an absolutely delightful evening with Kyle. He is a great kid indeed!