You see those free little ‘marbels’?
They’re mine, the ones I’ve completely lost.
3 weeks of holiday, not one wee without a kid busting in on me to tell me he knows his name or likes food or put his sock on.
3 weeks of the 3 year old’s game whereby he says ‘mom mom mom’ and when I answer yes, or mmmmm cos I’m not really listening, he replies ‘don’t worry’ and cracks up laughing.
This happens about 40 times a day-he gets me every single time.
3 weeks of seemingly doing nothing other than feeding.
Checkers Little Shop.
Or little things as we call them in our house. Or little bastard money sucker things as I call them when the kids aren’t around.
I swear to you, since my 3 boys discovered them at a play date, these little bastard things have depleted my patience-and bank account.
I actually found myself wondering around Checkers on Tuesday LOOKING for things to buy. And I wasn’t alone. I noticed you, other moms, doing the same. Like zombies. Completely aware of the insanity surrounding us yet unable to change it.
I have three kids you see.
So you spend R150 and you get one little bastard.
Basic Maths and the constant necessity to avoid sharing-induced brawls in my house means I need to spend R450 just so each child gets 1 mini-shop-thing.
They need 29 of these effing things to complete their ‘box-set’ (oh and by the way, you need to buy the box too).
That’s R4350 excluding the box.
Let’s assume I agreed to collect minis for each child that would be R13 050 plus R90 for the boxes-and that’s IF I got a different mini every time I shopped. Which I wouldn’t.
Well played Checkers. Well played.
I JUST started smuggling out the Stickeez from last year’s craze.
One by one, like a Mexican drug lord.
Where I had plans of school holiday euphoria including trips to the beach, playing tennis, miniature golf and movies. I now wake up every morning to ‘Please Mom, please please pleeeeaaaase can we go to Checkers’
I organised a surprise outing today and all I heard was my eldest telling his brothers ‘it’s checkers guys, I just know it’s checkers’
I think I saw him pray.
It was actually zip-lining and an obstacle course. I sensed the ‘non-checkers disappointment.’
I’m pot-committed now though, they have 13 mini bastard things. Not even Pokemon could make this better.
And I hear there are now animal cards at Pick n Pay.
Pokemon, little shop AND animal cards.
What a time to be alive.