The Elusive Tamagotchi
My daughter is 7 years old. The current trend for 7 year olds seems to be Tamagotchis. I hate them so much. She lost her Tamagotchi. The fact that they are the size of a (fairly large) keychain contributes heavily to this. Also, she lost it at CHURCH, which made me really upset, since she is not allowed to take her Tamagotchi to church, and I didn't know she had it there. In my opinion, church is not a place to play video games, no matter how many people are playing Monopoly on their palm pilots during sacrament meeting. She was fairly upset, and there was no way I was going to buy her another one. But she persevered, saved her allowance (and since she hadn't spent one penny of it since she started receiving it, it didn't take her too long) and saved enough money to buy a new Tamagotchi. We were headed to Target anyway (my current relationship with Target being much better than Tracy's) and I told her she could bring her money and buy one. Target was out of Tamagotchis. We find this out after patrolling all toy aisles approximately three times, and any mother knows walking down a toy aisle with young children is, shall we say, not the best use of time. My daughter, clutching her piggy bank, was most upset. I told her we would hit the Waldemort close to our house on the way home. This time, instead of wandering toy aisles aimlessly, I walked straight up to an associate to ask. She walked over, pointed to the four spots dedicated to said digital pet-thingies that my daughter can't live without. Empty. Tells me they're getting a new shipment on Thursday, and I better get here that day, because those suckers fly off the shelves. K-Mart is across the street. Out. By the way, a K-Mart right across the street from Wal-mart is not the busiest place in the world. But they still sell out of Tamagotchis. I start calling around. Toys "R" Us - Out. Other Wal-Mart - Out. I call my DH and have him stop at a Wal-Mart by his work because they have 4 left. He gets one, comes home, and my daughter pays him instead of the store. Whew. The next day, I find the "lost" Tamagotchi in the church bag.