We recently decided to have a fun outing at one of those “build-your-own stuffed animals” places on a rainy Monday with a friend of mine and her children.
Trust me; the outing was not for us, but rather for our kids to have something to do on a long summer day. It’s August 11, people. We’ve had a good eight weeks of keeping kids entertained.
Before we went, we discussed costs. My friend and I wanted to go basic. We needed to set our expectations, and let our children know the amount we could spend. More importantly, as parents doing an outing together, we needed to be on the same team. It’s not good when you have one parent willing to spend more money than the other parent. It’s hard for the kids to understand.
I said, “No clothes! We are walking out of there with no clothes.”
She agreed. My friend is a little younger than me, but we both grew up in an era where our stuffed animals were naked. They didn’t have brushes, pajamas, cheerleading outfits, princess dresses, raincoats, rain boots, sneakers and such.
Our stuffed animals were soft, lovable and naked.
I’ve yet to see a picture of a real bear in the woods wearing pants and a sweater.
Bears don’t take a long winter’s nap in cozy pajamas either.
By goodness, we’re going old-school like we did in 1978.
Any animal we stuff in that store will leave the store naked. It’s Ok for them to naked. Bears don’t wear clothes, nor do ponies.
And the best of part of all is that we can walk out of the store with an additional $50 in our wallets. I kid you not. A stuffed animal in full dress can cost as much as $75. That is absurd.
I don’t know about you, but I like my stuffed animals naked.