When my DD was growing up, a new McDonald's opened up in our town. DD pretty much learned her alphabet by recognizing the sign, and she would ask for 'hamgerbur' every time we drove by. She would almost always have one because it was affordable then. And we used to go to K-Mart and all the other stores along the way.
Every afternoon I pick up DGD from day care and we go by that same McDonald's, and she never said anything until yesterday. "Lola, I want to go to McDonald's", she said right after I drove by it, "I want a Happy Meal". So I turned around at the next set of lights and drove back to McDonald's. Instead of asking for hamburger, she asked for chicken nuggets, so I was fine with that. Luckily, the price of a Happy Meal hasn't gone up much (35 years span), so I could happily oblige my DGD's request for McDonald's once in a while.
And just like her mom back then, she now recognizes all the stores along the way, so she gives me a running commentary as we drive by - "there's Dunkin Donuts, Lola, I want some chocolate munchkins"; "There's K-Mart, I want to look at shoes"; "Can we stop by the Brick House for Blue Goo?", "Oh, the gas station isn't open yet, do you need gas, Lola?"; "Are we going food shopping, Lola?" as we pass by the supermarket; "You have to go buy some cat food", as we pass a PetSmart,and of course, my favorite: "Are you going to buy more fabrics, Lola?" when we go by JoAnn.The joy of having a DGD, it's like having my DD as a young girl all over again. However, taking DGD shopping is much more expensive now.