John Dewey and BevMo Educate My Son

11.13.08


Unless you are Mormon live under a rock, you know that right now is the BevMo 5 cent wine sale. It’s not a national holiday, yet, but it is a reason to celebrate. Go ahead, take a look at your office Holiday Gift List, if it’s a nice sized department you’ve got 40 gifts to buy. Well, a few times a year, the folks at BevMo have a 5 cent wine sale. The fall sale is when I stock up, big time. The first bottle of wine is full price and the second bottle is five cents.

I could almost afford to have The Virgin over for cocktail hour.

I’d been meaning to go to the wine sale, since I need 3-4 cases to get me through until the beginning of the year, but I’ve been too busy. Alexander and I were on our way to pick up a replacement hamster, ugh don’t ask, when I realized that Petco and Bevmo shared a parking lot. Aha! I thought, let’s put all this math hooey to some practical use.

“Alexander, we’re going into that store and I want you to find me every bottle of wine that has 90 or more Wine Spectator Points and is part of the 5 cent wine sale.” I gave him the mission.

“Mo-om!”, he wailed, “I just want to get a hamster.”

“Dude, I love you but you don’t get a hamster until I get wine.” Shaddup, you’re no better!

We strolled through the store with Alexander occassionally declaring, “It’s a PeeNoo GreeGeeOO and it’s got 89 points. Is that close enough?”

“No Sugar, it’s got to be 90 or higher, and see if you can find one with a pretty label too.”

Yes, every head in the store would turn to examine the red headed, spectacled child in his school uniform who couldn’t quite say Pinot Grigio. They snickered a little, but no one finger wagged. Why? Well folks, it’s obviously called homeschooling. Alexander learned price comparison, numerical values and he appreciated some art work along the way.

I think John Dewey would be pleased.

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9 responses to “John Dewey and BevMo Educate My Son”

  1. Virgin says:

    Ooh, ooh, do “cut to me” again! I love it when you talk about booze and me in a single post. The world just feels right, you know? Even if Bev Mo can’t ship to Massachusetts.

    By the way, in case you didn’t get the memo, the people now call me Virg.

  2. This is the best reason I’ve seen to have kids, ever. Also, I have a fabulous idea to get rid of that wine. See my blog for details….

    xo!

  3. PjLin says:

    Ok, so when I go to the Bev Mo 5 cent wine sale, I only use the little basket that one carries on their arm. When the basket is so heavy that I have to push it on the floor with my foot to the checkout counter then I know I have spent enough on wine for one trip. What I am hearing you say is that I could practice my math and ADD up the cost, add up the savings, average out the cost per bottle and even break it down to the cost per glass. Do you think Alexander is available to help me with that math? Prior to reading your blog post it never occurred to me that buying wine was such a learning experience. I LOVE IT!

  4. Katee says:

    Thanks for the reminder on the sale! I totally forgot.

  5. I look forward to teaching my son similar values. “No, son, we don’t buy whiskey. It makes daddy sad. Yes, go for the vodka. The vodka is daddy’s friend.”

    I wish we had a BevMo where I live. I always look at the one in Santa Clarita longingly when I pass it.

  6. Boo! You just reminded me that we don’t have BevMo in Austin. And it had JUST moved into our neighborhood when we left So Cal, too.

  7. discotrash says:

    id almost think you lived where i do because our bevmo is across from a pet store too, but i cant remember if it’s petsmart or petsco.

  8. Miss says:

    You just might be my parenting hero.

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