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I Want a New Toy
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I always hear this phrase from kids whenever I am in the grocery, or department store, or anywhere near a mall. They just love to have new toys, cheap or otherwise, everytime. They never get tired of a new toy until they discover how it functions, how it came about. In short if they can disassemble it, they would.

Even with no occasion I would buy one for each of them. But only if it fits my budget. Just so I can offer something when I arrive home. But this does not happen always. I also know when to say "No" if I have to say it.

They never fail to try to test me whether i'll agree or not. They will always be very happy if I agreed. If I don't they would always ask why. Of course, I will explain. Sometimes I offer to buy them food instead so that they will also learn the value of money.

One time my mom handed my son Ralph Php 500 for a new toy. I reminded him that it will be divided equally between the two of them. But while Raymund was still in school (he is in grade 4 now), Ralph prodded his dad to accompany him buy a new toy. So the two of them went to the mall. It was also there where me and Raymund will meet them and we will all go home together afterwards.

When Raymund and I reached the mall and saw Ralph carrying the big box of robot, I already had a hint that Raymund did not have anything left from the money given by grandma. Oh, I was worried Raymund might complain. I learned later that there was only Php 100 left. To my surprise, Raymund gladly accepted it. I offered additional money just in case he won't be able to buy any toy out of it. But he declined saying, "No, mom, just add that money to your grocery shopping. I know nutritious foods are expensive nowadays."

I just gave my son a smile, a kiss, and a hug. But his words meant a lot to me.

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