Today Violet had her first Haggen cookie. Haggen is the local grocery store with the best bakery in the lower 48 (or any other 48 for that matter). They give out free cookies to children who ask, which is a boon to any mom trying to think of motivators for a hassle-free shopping trip. If at first you don’t succeed, try bribery, right? No, just call it something else to make yourself feel better.
Anyway, I didn’t have a cart to contain her and no way to carry her constantly so I was running all over the store after her—cute, but not so productive. I decided right then that she didn’t actually have to be able to ask for a cookie for them to give one to her. Let me tell you, it worked like a charm. The rest of the trip I just carried it behind me as she followed along and took little bites off.