As I have mentioned before, M does not want to buy any toys for Pineapple until after we have received a referral, so that he can believe our adoption is really going to happen. He knows however, that I would like to go shopping now, for everything that she might ever possibly need.
You also need to know that M has a problem with not being able to “just say no” to game machines and amusement park games. We always go home from amusement parks with a myriad of items that he has won. After the last amusement park we came home with a giant bouncy ball (almost as big as my seven-year-old), a blow up ball and chain and a hard baseball cap. This (junk in my opinion) is very exciting for my kids who egg him on to win more. Now you have the background.
So- we go into Denny’s the other day and M eyes the claw machine. It is the game where you try to claw a stuffed animal to win. I see him look it over and I give him my usual disapproving look. He turns to me and says, “Don’t you want some stuffed animals for Pineapple? I thought you wanted some toys for her.” This is a low blow, so I have to give in. While I sit in the booth, M and the kids try to win a stuffed animal for Pineapple. And guess what? They come back with the cutest stuffed dog (below).
Then we sit there for awhile and I can see that M is not satisfied. He is getting antsy. He turns to me. “Don’t you think that Pineapple would like more than one stuffed animal?” I have to admit that as a young girl I had a very large collection of stuffed animals. I concede. Off he goes with the kids to try to win again.
They come back shortly and the kids are excited, “We won again!! We won a bear!!” they cry, “...but there is a little problem with it. The bear’s hat says #1 Dad and he is also an AXE murderer
“Wonderful.” I say
Photo of the Teddy Bears golf club... I mean axe (to cut down trees of course)
Labels: M, waiting for referral