Ben in the car on the way home from school: Mama, I have a surprise for you. But I'm not going to show you what it is.
Me: Great. I can't wait to see it.
Ben: Teacher said we can't never never show it to our mommies until Mother's Day.
Ben: But I'm going to take it out of the bag. Don't look!
Me: OK, I won't. I'm driving.
Ben: I'm going to keep it behind my back. Don't look behind my back.
Me: OK. I won't.
Ben: I can't put it behind my back in the car seat, so I'm going to hold it here. Do you know it has candy in it and buttons on it?
Me: Don't tell me.
Ben: But did you know that?
Me: No, but now I do. I thought it was a surprise.
Ben: OK. How 'bout you forget I told you that?
Ben: Do you want to see it?
Me: No, why don't you keep it for Mother's Day?
Ben: But I want to show you now.
(Keep in mind, this is maybe a 7-minute drive home)
Me: Well, I'm driving now. Didn't you want to keep it for Mother's Day?
Ben: Yeah. Yeah, it's a surprise and I'm not going to show you.
Ben: But what day is Mother's Day?
Ben: Is today Sunday?
Me: No, today's Thursday.
Ben: Weeellll, I'm going to show you on Thursday.
Me: Don't you want to keep it for Mother's Day, like Teacher said?
Ben: No, I just want to show you today.
Me: OK, how 'bout we wait until we get home?
Ben: OK. I'll hide it until we get in the house.
Me: OK. Here we are. (pulling into the driveway)
Ben: HERE IT IS! LOOK! IT HAS BUTTONS! AND CANDY!
Me: OK, Ben, let me get your seatbelt off.
It was a little Altoids tin covered with felt and buttons and had two miniature Hershey's bar inside, which Ben thought were rightfully his, but I ate them before he had a chance to steal them.