Okay, so Fisher Price's parenting advice might be thinly veiled marketing and promotional propaganda, but you know what?
That e-mail made me sad.
You see I have a thing for Fisher Price's 'Little People' line. I think these little plastic people are adorable and I love them. Yep, I do.
My kids had them all too. Every last little person Fisher Price made I bought and every night I would gather them all up and set them up in their little pretend towns and make sure it was all picture perfect. The rest of my kid's toys? They just got thrown in the toy baskets.
So, when I got this last e-mail telling me I was being cut off from announcements about new Little People launches I did the sensible thing.
I made up a child.
Yes I did. My 'real' kids are all roughly three years apart so I gave myself a pretend fourth child. I have two girls and a boy so to even things out my fourth Fisher Price child is another little boy. I made him three years younger than my youngest daughter, registered him on their site and ever since then I have been happily receiving monthly e-mail updates from Fisher Price about their new Little People lines. I have been getting their Christmas catalogs too.
But today my imaginary child turned six and I got that 'we're dropping you from our e-mail list' e-mail again.
Sigh. I'm over forty now. I have a teen and two 'almost' teens. My kids are well over playing with Little People.
Most of our Little People characters have been given away too.
But I still have one Little People person left. It's a little blonde girl character who sits in the corner of my desk in her pink PJ's.
I keep her there because she makes me happy. She reminds me that my children were once babies. She reminds me of how fast time flies.
She also reminds me that I'm sort of sad and pathetic at times.
And you know what?
I'm okay with that.
Have a lovely weekend.