Do you see this garbage truck? Apparently it is the hot shit toy of 2011. Sometimes you really cannot predict this stuff.
Around Thanksgiving, I gave the girls the Toys R Us gift catalog to peruse for Christmas wish list inspiration. Of course they wanted everything in there. So my job as a parent is to figure out which toys they really want and which ones are picked from the rush of Christmas cookie-fueled adrenaline. I thought I did a pretty good job.
Until I realized that I screwed up.
One of the first things Romana blurted out was this trash pack garbage truck. Her list went something like "makeup kit, dolls, makeup kit, dolls, DS game, makeup kit, dolls... garbage truck." So I ignored it. Yes, I saw it at Toys R Us while shopping for their presents. I even casually remarked to my mother-in-law, "Ha - look. It's that silly garbage truck Romana wanted for a second." I passed it by. I didn't hear too much about it after that.
Then, last week we were at Darin's company Christmas party, where they had Santa for the kids. Romana pops up onto his lap and says "I want the garbage truck." That was ALL she said she wanted.
So, when my folks asked what the kids wanted for Christmas, I gave them the garbage truck information. But by the time they went shopping for this silly little $20 toy... it was gone. Off the shelves. Out of stock on line. It was "the" toy to have this year and none of us had a clue. My dad saw it for $35 on Amazon, but they thought they'd save the $15 extra + shipping and wait for it to be re-stocked. It wasn't and supposedly it isn't going to be anytime soon. So my dad went back on Amazon. Now the truck was going for $50.
None of us in good conscience can spend that much money for it.I always told myself I would NEVER be so materialistic as to jump through hoops for some stupid toy. My children will just have to learn that they can't always have everything and that toys are just toys. They come and go and are soon forgotten about.
But then I thought that it was all my fault. Little Romanabelle really, really, super-duper wanted this garbage truck and I dropped the ball. She asked Santa for it. IN PERSON. Could I let this sweet little angel (Yes, for holiday purposes, she is an angel) think that Santa just doesn't give a frack? No, I cannot.
I found it for $35 on eBay. Hoops, jumped. Shipping fees, eaten.I guess I am one of those parents who must get that toy. At least I didn't have to shoot or pepper spray anyone for it. I'll save sinking that low until next year.