DS13 enjoys playing his video games on the computer, like most boys his age. He also enjoys partnering up with his friends. One friend clued him into Skype, so they could talk while playing. To do this, he needed headphones with the microphone attached. As DS is not really a gimme pig and I know this is important to him, I said he could have some.
We went to the electronics store, where DS greeted the clerk and asked to see the headphones with microphones attached. He saw a set on sale and politely asked questions about the brand, the regular price, and comparisons to other sets (he wanted a pair with the cushions for the ears). When we were checking out, he asked about any insurance or guarantees (there were), and he asked the clerk to add that on. As I started to get out my wallet, he said, "I've got it, Mom" and fished out $40. He's been saving most of his allowance in a stash somewhere, and just carrying a few dollars to school for sundry expenses. He took the change and thanked the clerk for her time.
DS had handled the entire transaction himself, and I hardly said a word. I'm just the taxi
. When and how did he turn into such a young man?
ETA: I was sure to tell him how well he'd done and commend his manners.