The Funny Thing Is, She Didn’t Really Have to Ask

Tonight’s Friday night Fun is brought to you by our college freshman, who knows what she’s doing.  Don’t let her fool you.  She might not have me wrapped around her little finger as she once did, but she knows her Mama and how to play her.

She tagged along on an order I placed and got herself a bag for college.  It came while she was away at school.  She came home while we were away for the afternoon.  She saw the box, saw her bag there wrapped in the plastic, and wanted to open it more than anything.  I don’t even know, y’all.  I mean, I appreciate her asking, but yeah, she paid for it, so…..her bag.  No need to ask me.

So anyway, this happened:

She texted me and asked if she could open up her bag.

 

 

She started her pleas with Zac Efron from the High School Musical movies.  A long time love around here.
She started her pleas with Zac Efron from the High School Musical movies. A long time love around here.

I didn’t get her message right away, so by the time I opened up my messages, this was also in my in-box.

And then Joe Jonas, her first VERY serious love, made his case.
And then Joe Jonas, her first VERY serious love, made his case.

I was with Mess Cat, and I showed her the messages.  We both laughed, and since we were in the middle of something, I didn’t reply right away.  Plus, as I told Mess Cat, it was fun to see what she’d come up with next.

We didn’t have to wait long.

Oh no she didn't.  She pulled out the BG. Big Guns.  Also know as Barry Gibb.  Oh good gracious me.
Oh no she didn’t. She pulled out the BG. Big Guns. Also know as Barry Gibb. Oh good gracious me.

As Mess Cat and I tried to re-focus on the task at hand, this last one came through.

Wrapping up with a father-son duo--Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, who sings the song she has taken liberties with.  *sigh* Interesting sidenote: she and I met Rhett Akins at the local county courthouse in 1997, I think it was.  Very cool.
Wrapping up with a father-son duo–Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, who sings the song she has taken liberties with. *sigh* Interesting sidenote: she and I met Rhett Akins at the local county courthouse in 1997, I think it was. Very cool.

It was time.  After all, she’d paid for the bag.  It was actually kind of sweet that she wanted my permission to break it out.  So we put her out of her misery.

Yeah, Mess Cat and I agreed.  She had us when she pulled out the big gun.  Go ahead, girl, open up your bag.
Yeah, Mess Cat and I agreed. She had us when she pulled out the big gun. Go ahead, girl, open up your bag.

It was several minutes later when this came through.

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Quite possibly the best thank you ever.  Mistyping and all.

There’s all kinds of marketing lessons in this.  First of all, know your target audience.  Don’t play a Tom Cruise when your market is obviously more of a Barry Gibb or Christopher Plummer kind of audience.

Second, know what you want and make your message clear.  Crystal.  And be persistent.  And consistent with your message.  Set your goal and go for it.

Third, always ALWAYS say thank you.  That’s of the utmost importance.

But, for me, the most important lesson of all is the Mama lesson in this.

I am known and loved by my oldest, the one who in just a few short weeks will wrap up her first year in college.  (That right there.  Crazy.  But I digress.)  She taught me that she knows me, she loves me, and she is a strong young woman who is also considerate and respectful.   And tonight I give thanks that she is learning to decide what she wants and finding creative ways to make it happen.  Apply that to everything you want in life, baby girl–don’t whine, don’t beg, use your resources, get creative, and bring laughter and joy–and you will go far.  ❤

Love and laughter to all.

 

And just curious, what person/character in all the world would have convinced you?  😉

 

 

 

 

 

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