On the same shopping expedition as was mentioned in the last post, Elijah started to threaten having a tantrum in the middle of the centre. I stopped and asked him what was wrong.
Sure enough, we'd just passed the Foxtel stand, resplendent with white and orange balloons. You may recall that Elijah is quite fond of balloons, especially those at the Foxtel stand. So we turned around and walked back to the Foxtel stand, hand in hand.
Me: "Ask the man nicely, Elijah"
E: "Balloon, please."
Foxtel guy: "What was that?"
Me: "He said, 'Balloon, please.'"
Foxtel guy: "What colour would he like?"
Elijah: "Balloon, please."
Me: "It doesn't matter, he just likes balloons."
So the Foxtel guy handed over a white balloon to a very gracious Elijah, who said, "Thank you."
He then held the balloon-on-a-stick tightly in his little hand for the rest of the shopping trip.