17 November 2008

Groovy Santa

A couple of weeks ago, after the child got invitations to five birthday parties in a two week period, I thought I was being the clever parent by ordering five Groovy Girls on-line in one fell swoop. You know, to populate the gift closet.

I'm here to tell you it backfired.

On Saturday, we went to the supply to pick one out for the Sunday birthday party. We discussed the merits of each of the five, and she picked one to give away to that particular friend. Shortly thereafter, she dissolved into whining hysteria "but I want one too". Mind you she already has five or six, including the bride she'd gotten for her own birthday a week prior and the mermaid she cadged out of Daddy on a recent trip to a mall. After much carrying on, I caved and told her that if she was very good all day long, she could have one.

She lived up to her promise and I let her pick one of the four dolls at day's end. We took its tags off, she took its clothes off, everything was copacetic.

At the end of the day on Sunday, she came to me tearfully. "This is not my favorite; I want a different one." I explained that she couldn't have another one, the tags and clothes were already off of this one and that we had to save the rest for her friends who were about to have birthdays. "But this is not my favorite" she whined.  After an idle threat that I would take them all and throw them out, I told her that she could ask Santa Claus.  She ran off and got paper and pen, and after a couple of false starts (like using a piece of paper the size of an index card), and my dictation of all the letters, she produced her first letter to Santa.

And the doll who wasn't her favorite? She went to sleep clutching that one in her arms.

13 comments:

PicaboMama said...

Ah, Groovy Girls... two dolls have just been thrust into my lap in a passive aggressive ploy for interaction. And did you know that the boy dolls have no underpants!! I just discovered this five minutes ago and I am pretty sure it's some sort of conspiracy.

Kyddryn said...

The Evil Genius can be like that about cars...and Lego...and board games...and...umm...you know what? Everything.

Heh...kids are funny, huh?

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Mayberry said...

I do love Groovy Girls, as dolls go--wish my kid played with hers more!

phd in yogurtry said...

Adorable letter to Santa. So determined! My girls love GGs. They're my favorite, too. Beanie Babies were a close second.

Gwen said...

I love that she used Please and Thank You!

susan said...

Such manners!!

ophelia rising said...

I love her little note! :) And, idle threats? Yes, I've certainly been there.

Ree said...

Aw...first letters to Santa are precious. You are keeping it forever, aren't you?

Eva said...

I remember that childhood feeling of having not selected the BEST toy...sounds like you helped her through it. :)

FreshHell said...

An all too familiar scenario. We love GGs - we have several and the mermaid and I've learned, the hard way, to never buy presents for others ahead of time. And, on those rare occasions when I have to, I hide them until the last minute. Dusty is always a bit jealous of every "cool" present her friends get and acts so deprived. Oi. Life is hard.

Julie Pippert said...

Patience was a Groovy Girl fan for five minutes, and I despaired of Persistence ever getting my money's worth out of them but lately she's picked up the slack.

We don't have a gift closet.

Maybe for this very reason you describe.

Queen Goob said...

OMG......SHE FORGOT TO SIGN HER NAME!!!

Sweet letter, my son wants a tattoo for Christmas.

Nice, huh?

womaninawindow said...

And even though it wasn't her favorite, I guess second is ok when it comes time for bed.