As always - The Cast of Characters
Me (The Daddy)
The Bean: Age 7
The Butterfly: Age 5
The Darling Wife
The Buffett Puppy
About 3 years ago, we were at a Wendy's somewhere between Helen, GA and civilization. And The Bean was on a tear.
She had been introduced to the concept of the Frosty a time or two before, so she was pretty focused on getting one. Not focused enough to eat any chicken nuggets or even French Fries with extra ketchup. But focused all the same. This was driving the DW crazy.
Like a lot of restaurants, Wendy's takes the opportunity to take easy listening rock, such as Dan Fogelberg or Fleetwood Mac, and make them even easier listening by stripping out the lyrics.
They did the same to America's You Can Do Magic.
Unfortunately for the DW, I knew the words.
I serenade The Bean with the song. This does not help matters in the least.
"You can do magic," I sing. "You can have anything that you desire."
The DW was getting perturbed.
"You know darn well, when you cast your spell, you get your way..."
"You're not helping," warns the DW.
The Bean was digging this. Her Daddy is serenading her with a song about how she will get anything she wants. And she wants a Frosty.
I am giggling uncontrollably. The Bean will be getting her frozen dairy whether she eats her chicken nuggets or not. This is, perhaps, not the best parenting technique. But her eyes have grown expanded from pretty blue orbs into really, really big pretty blue orbs. She probably doesn't enjoy my singing voice, but her 4-year-old mind is wrapped around the lyrics.
"Do you really want her to grow up thinking," the DW chides, "that all she has to do is smile and her Daddy will give in to her every whim?"
"Fine," the DW concedes.
As if on cue, the song ends and the Eagles follow.
Pretty (sic) girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile...
That Bean. She is going to make some poor sap miserable.
And he'll have her Daddy to blame.