Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The other day, my oldest came home from camp asking for gold Gogo's Crazy Bones. He said everyone at camp was trading them and he *needed* some too. Since we've been through the gamut of trading toys [Pokemon cards, Silly Bandz, Club Penguin, Bakugons], I'm always a little bit skeptical whenever a new something is introduced that they *must* have or they'll live a torturous, I-have-nothing-to-trade life. Because it's only a matter of time before they get sick of that something and the discards are all over the house.
After much begging and pleading and promises to "spend his own money," we head out to the toy store. He only has about $4, mind you, because he's always "spending his own money" or having to replace something that he's destroyed, like his sister's inflatable swim pool that he so sweetly popped. [He said he was bored and found these dull garden clippers in the garage, so wanted to see what would happen. Now he knows.] Anyway, we make it to the store, and he finds the tin. It's definitely more than $4, but we make a deal about some extra chores and sleeping in on Saturday [Yes, we bribe our kids to sleep-in on the weekends. When it comes to sleep, I'll do whatever it takes.]
When we get back in the car and he opens the package, I have to resist the urge to snatch it right out of his hands. Really. These little guys are so darn cute! So adorable that I gave some to a friend for her birthday last weekend. A little risky, I know. I thought, she's either going to love these or think that I've lost my mind. Thankfully, it was the former, and she appreciated their golden cuteness as much as I do.
Did you have trading fads at your camp or school growing up? I used to trade those charms for the plastic charm necklaces that were so big in the 80s. You know, the ones with the little bells on the clips of the charms? My favorite charm was the roller skate. We used to hit Sparkles Roller Skating Rink quite a bit during those hot Atlanta summers!