There was a news report this morning about parents who brag too much about their children via social media. I guess many people are put off by people who blog about their children and all of the cute and silly traits the kids have, their school events and all of that. Well......Why would Kate and Spence be any different? This next post is about our temporary teenage Brazilian exchange lad, Pedro......again.
Kate was away on one of her overnight stays in Sonoma County, so I felt it only right that I treat the boy to pizza. What teenager doesn't love pizza, no matter what part of the world they come from. And, as a special treat, I said, "why don't we wash it down with Root Beer?" Pedro was sure I said, "beer." He got a very surprised look and made me repeat it. I said, "Root Beer". (Well, one of the big issues with exchange students is drinking. They have to follow the Four D's--No Drinking, Drugs, Driving or serious Dating.) He didn't quite understand. They don't have Root Beer in Brazil. So, I scanned the aisles for good Root Beer. All Safeway had was Mug and A&W. I was looking for IBC or Henry Weinhard's or any of the upper echelon brands. I settled for A&W, cuz of the Drive-Ins of my youth. Especially the one in Burre Center in Eureka and my favorite, the A&W Drive-In in Weaverville, but I digress. (What I would give for another taste of Frostie Root Beer right now. Do they even make it anymore?)
As we were headed for the check out stand, I passed by the ice cream section and spotted the vanilla ice cream. That's it! Root Beer Floats. If he hadn't had Root Beer, he surely hadn't had Root Beer Floats. Getting home, he was very skeptical as I prepared this American delight. "You don't put ice cream in a soft drink" he kept saying. I said..."Try it!" One scoop and he was hooked. That night, after finishing off the pizza while watching the Oregon Ducks trounce the Washington Huskies, Pedro proceeded to have not one, but two Root Beer Floats. He kept saying, "What a great combination" "I love this combination." Well, guess what? It didn't stop there. What did he have for breakfast? Yep. And again for lunch and that evening after dinner. Pedro and I have bonded even closer. Kate, make room in the freezer!
Kate: First, thanks for the Oregon Ducks plug. Second, who's going to explain to his biological mom that he is hooked on Root Beer Floats? Third, I would like to clear up for Child Protective Services that Pedro had more to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner than RBFs. Fourth, that's the last time I leave home with the boys unchaperoned. And finally, we would DEFINITELY make the STFU blog that pokes fun at social media postings that share too much information about kids.
(PS--Spence and Pedro ARE super cute together!)