I’ve got my dreidel jammies on, that means it’s Hanukkah time! Or was. Our dreidel jammies are comfortable enough to wear all day, all Winter. Just ask Captain. I made the mistake of putting them on before Thanksgiving and BB exclaimed,
“Fall is over already? It’s Hanukkah time?!!”
“First Thanksgiving and then Hanukkah.”
I string some Christmas lights along the railing upstairs. BB shouts,
“It’s Halloween time?!”
Things are getting confusing.
I ask BB,
“What are you excited about for Hanukkah?”
All year I’ve marveled at how much stuff BB has. In October I wondered if there was anything left to get her.
Two nights before Hanukkah I found myself wrapping up almost 30 presents for her. How did this happen?
We wanted to get her arts and crafts supplies. I don’t like to shop, so doing it online is the best way. I browse the selection. It’s hard to get an idea of everything that’s available and appropriate for someone with limited fine motor skills.
I decide it’s a good idea to go to a brick and mortar Michael’s. By myself.
I walk into the store. Oh no. This is bad. What was I thinking? I don’t like shopping and I don’t like arts and crafts. This store is a combination of both of them. I feel overwhelmed just standing in the entrance.
I head to the kid section. A month ago BB told me,
“I need colored pencils.”
“Ok put them on your Hanukkah list.”
The next day,
“Mom, I need colored pencils.”
“I know, they’re on your Hanukkah list.”
A few days later,
We continued this way for a month. I look at the colored pencils in the kid’s section of Michael’s. Not only are there at least 4 different brands of colored pencils, but they’re in 4 different aisles within the kid’s section so if I want to price/color count compare. It’s just about impossible. I postpone making a colored pencil decision.
I get kiddie scissors. That’s also a comparison nightmare. Glue. I stop comparing. Elmer’s all the way. It claims to be washable. Then there’s white construction paper, colored construction paper, markers, water colors, water-color paper, and some Hanukkah stickers.
Mission accomplished. I check out, head home and hide it all away until I’m wrapping presents two days before Hanukkah.
I pull out the Michael’s bag. Where are the colored pencils? I scan the receipt. I NEVER bought them. The only thing BB put on her Hanukkah list everyday for a month, and it costs all of $5, I did not buy.
I could go back to Michael’s, Target or even Stop & Shop. I don’t consider it. With limited comparison, I settle on a 36 count box Prime next day shipping. DONE.
BB opens up her Elmer’s glue. She declares,
“Mom, I need googly eyes.”
Good news. I already have a bunch. I got them years ago to April Fool’s prank Captain. I bought them online.
Last night BB opened her last Hanukkah present. She exclaims,