Whenever we hit the toy store (which isn’t often), we have a rule for Vito: “Look only, no buying.” It’s something we established early on, as soon as we noticed he could understand the concept of money and payments in exchange for things. And so, our little boy knows the drill —
“Mommy, can we go to the toy store?”
“But, we’re only going to look, right, Mommy?”
And look, we do. We browse through each aisle, scanning the shelves for anything that strikes his fancy. He’ll usually play a bit with the samples and contentedly put them back where he got them.
Last night, however, a case of toy store heart tugs hit me hard, especially as I witnessed this:
“Pluto! It’s Pluto, mommy! Oh I love Pluto!”
In my mind, I was already reasoning with him: What the hell do we need another stuffed toy for? I mean he already has a canvas vat full of them, which are enough to put any asthmatic parent to shame.
Still he persisted to hug the doll…. complete with that darling smile of his. He didn’t ask to buy it, though. (Price tag check, Php599.00)
Now, I know I would have bought it for him, had he asked. I’m a softie that way, haha.
Luckily, he got diverted by some smaller toys… a panda bear acrylic figurine that was less than half the price of plushy Pluto.
Contemplating his preference. Look at that face!
Well, this mommy couldn’t resist that face. I bought the little panda with as much satisfaction as Vito probably had clutching it all the way home.
Do you get these “tugs” on the heart when you’re at the store with your kid?
Toy store heart tugs aren’t really about alleviating any kind of guilt or whatever. I suppose giving in to the “tug” is a clear indicator that I’d do whatever it takes to make my kid happy. While I don’t feel them during every trip we take to the toy store, I have often wondered about where they come from and why they tug so strongly at times.
Have you ever felt “heart tugs” in the toy store? Do you give in at times?