Tactical Error

Today, Ellie and I went to the Seattle Aquarium and had a great time. On the way out, we stopped by the gift shop, where of course Ellie wanted to buy something.

So we looked around, and when she grabbed a stuffed toy I said, “Something smaller.” She found a little plush river otter, and when I tried to steer her toward something a bit less expensive, she pointed out that the otter was in fact smaller than what I suggested.

I bought the otter. She’s happy. I’m happy.

I related this to Kim tonight and admitted that I made a tactical mistake by specifying size as the deciding factor. She smiled, hugged me, and said:

“The tactical mistake is that you went into the store in the first place.”

So wise, that one.

Tactical Error

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