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We always stop at Beyond Bread on the drive down from Skylar's school to her martial arts class. She changes her clothes there and eats a few bread samples. Sometimes we don't even buy anything. And when we do, it's usually just a cookie or a fountain drink. There simply isn't time for anything more elaborate. Nevertheless, the employees there are used to our presence. It feels a little like a home away from home.

Today, when we walked in, Skylar spotted a lovely chocolate cupcake with orange icing and berries on top. I told her she couldn't have it, since she'll be having cake and other goodies for her birthday tomorrow. "What you need today is protein," I told her. After she went to the bathroom to change, I went up one of the registers to see if I could, in my best imitation of Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, order a side of cheddar cheese without ordering the dish for which it would constitute a side. The man helping me couldn't figure out how to make that work on the register, though, so I figured I'd have to order a sandwich for myself.

"How much cheese do you need?," he asked. I told him just a few slices, at which point he disappeared into the back and, after a minute, returned with my request in hand. "It's on me," he smiled. I thanked him and started to pay for the loaf of ciabbata I'd ordered to give Skylar as a birthday treat tomorrow. "Anything else you need?" I told him I was set. "But what about your little girl? It's her birthday tomorrow, right?" I explained that I wanted to limit her sugar intake. "Aww, come one. It's her birthday, man, and whatever she wants is on me too, so you might as well."

Needless to say, I couldn't resist his offer -- he's always really nice to us, but this gesture of kindness took the proverbial cupcake -- Skylar got to eat what she'd wanted for dessert tonight. But first she had to do lots of bouncing on the trampoline. Earlier, while driving around, we listened to Beatles songs on my Toshiba digital music player -- thanks once more, danlmarmot! -- and I reminded her that we'd given her the red and blue Greatest Hits collections for her birthday last year. It was a lot of fun hearing her refine her ability to distinguish between John and Paul. She specifically requested "A Day in the Life," which is enough to make my day any day, much less her birthday eve, and then "Strawberry Fields" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Across the Universe." Then, when it was time for her to bounce at home, she decided to listen to the first CD of the blue collection while doing her jumping jacks and karate kicks. Her choices? "Penny Lane", "Hey Jude", "Lady Madonna", and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." Now that's a girl who deserves a cupcake!

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: October 26th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
This is a wonderful story. My kiddo is only six, and I've been wondering how to ween her off of "kids" music (most of which I can't stand), and start to develop her knowledge of the wider music world. She's certainly heard me playing a huge variety of different genres, but has not yet expressed her own desires in those directions. The Beatles are a great place to start, I think, because there is so much there that seems readily accessible and inherently interesting for kids.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 26th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree. I came late to rock music, being the oldest child in a family living far from hipness and with a father old enough to not understand what Elvis and his ilk meant. The Beatles were my way of discovering that rock could be worthwhile.

Skylar has never been that into kid's music, interestingly. She does like her Barbie songs and what-not, but has long inclined to the "classic" sound of musicals. And she has been exposed to lots of rock and even some hip-hop from an early age.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: October 26th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Happy birthday to Bean! And this really is a great story :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 26th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Check out the MOMA clip. She's so grown up now!

Wish you were here. She'd love to have you come over and do crafts or something.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: October 27th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd love to see her too--all of you. And remember, I'll be home for the holidays. Still not sure on the dates yet but definitely home. It would be great to see you.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: October 26th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
mmmmmm, Beyond Bread.... *drool*
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 26th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We take the food options here for granted sometimes. NYC was great. But it's hard to beat Tucson for certain low-cost, healthy options. Mexican, obviously, but also places like Beyond Bread.
From: mbeecham Date: October 26th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Jazz would be jealous

We'll have to go cupcake shopping when we are there. It is Jazz's favorite food item!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 26th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Jazz would be jealous

Oh, they have good cupcakes. With fruit on top, providing a little health to go with the sweet. Skylar would love to take him there, I'm sure!
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: October 27th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i imagine this was the location on campbell?

there's a high chance that my sister may have made that cupcake! she works there, in the pastry section.
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