Luppin got her Blending Badge at Challenger School. The traditional reward for getting your Alphabet Crown or Blending Badge has been a family dinner at the restaurant of your choice. The only problem with this reward is that other siblings tend to start lobbying the decision-maker and promoting their own choice of restaurant. This results in hourly changes of mind depending upon who last buttonholed the chooser.
As with Texas before, I took Luppin aside and had her choose while the rest of the family waited in the car. This way she could make her decision without the corrupting influence of lobbyists. The result: Applebee’s. Applebee’s wouldn’t have been my first choice but I suppose it was better than McDonalds (which Sam and Texas had been lobbying hard for because of the Play Place).
Congratulations to Luppin on getting her blending badge! This marks the end of an era as Luppin is the fifth of five children that have gone through Challenger pre-school.