Margot has $15 to her name (well, actually a $15 credit with me) and it is burning a hole in her pocket. We made a deal over her 5 pounds of Halloween candy: if she donated the candy to the troops in Afghanistan, I would take her to Toys R Us and buy her a toy that costs less than $15.
Can you believe the timing? On November 1, Toys R Us sent a huge holiday catalog to the house.
Margot poured over the catalog for days. She covets an Easy Bake Oven, a Jeep 4X4 that she can drive, and some giant Barbie paraphernalia. All of these things cost more than $15.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, I took M to get her Flu Mist for the season. Beneath her doctor's office is a fountain that she likes to visit. I gave her a penny for wishing. She scrunched her face, tossed the penny into the fountain, and we returned to the car.
She couldn't stand the suspense.
"Mommy, I just want to tell you what I wished for!" she said.
"You can't!" I told her. "It won't come true."
She considered this for a moment. "Well, I just want to tell you so I'll make another wish that I won't tell you about."
"Ok, what was your wish?" I asked.
"I wished that Toys R Us would lower their prices."