Sometimes I Just Want to Buy My Kid a PresentCasey Mullins
It started when I went to ToysRUs to find a high chair for my parents house. When I’m alone at the toy store I wander, I like to look at all the different toys without a little kid trailing at my ankles wistfully wishing for every other item on every other aisle. Her favorite toys at the moment are Monster High dolls. I’ll admit, they’re kind of cool, in a sort of grim, scantily clad kind of way. Addie loves Halloween and monsters, Tim Burton and her favorite animal is a werewolf. She wanted to buy one with her Christmas money but Cody and I had to discuss the appropriateness of them first, long story short we decided it would be okay if she bought one and Clawdeen joined her Barbies in early 2012.
Turns out Monster High dolls are crazy popular and hard to come by. Who knew?
As I wandered down the Monster High aisle at the toy store there was a set of twin werecats (like werewolves, but cats!) I hemmed and hawed over buying them. I knew she’d really like them but there wasn’t any real reason for me to buy them. We don’t give toys for Easter and her birthday isn’t until December, sure I could have bought them and saved them for Christmas but who knows what she’ll like in 8 months? I walked out of the store with only what I had gone in for and told Cody about the twin cats later on. He told me to go ahead and get them, she’s a good kid, doesn’t ask for much, takes amazing care of her sister, loves her friends and does well in school.
I went back to get them only to discover that not only were they sold out, there was a waiting list 63 people deep for them.
I had them right there in my hand two days earlier.
I could have bought any other toy for her, she never would have known about the cats, but it wasn’t about just buying her a toy, it was about finding and buying her the perfect toy. I’ve called back everyday the store gets a shipment “We got them, but they’re already gone” is always the answer. I’m not about to go on a wild hunt or overpay on ebay or Amazon for them, I just kind of wish I would have gone with my gut instinct at the moment and gotten the stupid cats.
It’s okay to buy your kid a present for no other reason than to buy them a present on very rare occasions, I wish I hadn’t second guessed myself. There’s truth to overindulgence and spoiling, but there’s even more truth to knowing someone (especially your kids) so well that when you come across the perfect gift? You go with it, even if there isn’t a reason aside from “I saw this, I thought of you.”
Sometimes I just want to buy my kid a present, simple as that.