Thursday, November 1, 2007

I'm a bit of a pushover (sometimes)

I took the kids for a browse in a new Harvey Norman store that's just been built in our town. It has furniture, white-goods, electrical goods, and they wanted to look at computer and Play Station games. Blake, my 3 year old, caught sight of "Buzz Junior, Robots." We already have "Buzz Junior, Monkeys," which he loves, and he clutched "Robots" to his chest asking, "Mummy, can we have this one?"

"I don't think so," I told him.

"But I really, really, really want to borrow it."

When he used the word 'borrow', I realised that he thought it was just another place like the library or video rental shop. I think he's used to seeing us borrow things more often than buying them. So I explained to him, "You can't borrow things from here. If we took that one home, we'd have to buy it and keep it."

Then he eyes lit up. "To keep it? Oh Mummy, thank you!" And he threw his arms around my leg and gave me a big hug. We all thought his mistake was pretty funny, but he kept holding that Play Station game against his chest as we continued browsing and I could see that he seriously thought I'd been telling him the game was ours.

Logan said, "You'll have to get it now, Mum, or he'll be really sad."

So I bought it! It was one of the times I had enough money on hand, and I looked at his face and really didn't want to let him down. Does this sort of thing happen always? No! But would it happen for people who are older and not so cute? Probably less likely. I'd like to put it to the test with my husband. He'd say, "That dress would cost you $?" And I'd say, "A new dress! Oh thank you!"

Anyway, the game is pretty good and the whole family enjoys it.


  1. The key is to have the money on hand. I'm guilty of this as well, but since I hardly ever have the money on hand, I escape the pushover mode most of the time.

  2. What a sweet story! Sometimes it makes more sense to give in than to cause tears. I'm glad the game turned out to be a good one :-)

  3. Hey, if cute works, use it. It's amazing how much my children have gotten because people think they're cute. My 14yo still has people give her things! It's a gift. I always wonder how long it will last!

    In answer to your questions:
    -The pigeon has come back almost every day this week. Except Halloween. My 5yo loves him. He eats out of her hand. He always disappears in the evening and is on our doorstep in the morning.
    -Yes! We did do a Marie Antoinette costume 2 years ago. It cost under $10. I must thank all the bridesmaids that donate their unwanted dresses to thrift shops. :o) We made a wig out of felt and cotton balls. I'll see if I can dig up a photo.
    This year, she reused the dress and went as a drowned Ophelia.

    Peace and Laughter,

  4. How COULD you resist that sweet smile? I don't blame you. It's not like you do that every week! Though it is a struggle when the young ones don't understand something you try to explain, over and over (been there, for sure!)

    Let us know if it works on your dh!


  5. Oh, I'd have bought it for him, too. My heart just melted at the thought of him hugging you with that face...and the gratitude!!! I'll do almost anything for gratitude from the kids.

    So very sweet!!!

  6. It's so hard to say not to the baby. I find the same thing with our youngest. He's just too cute to say no to.

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