Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Never let your 4-year-old go to a yard sale by himself

Before I get any angry comments, let me clarify that I didn't actually let him go to a yard sale "alone". He went with his sisters to a friend's yard sale just down the street. He brought his own money, and apparently he made his own choices. When he struggled in the door with this baby, he had such a look of pride on his face that I couldn't bear to tell him it was hideous. But all I could think was, "Dear God, how am I going to get that thing out of the house?"

I'm thinking of A Christmas Story where Mrs. Parker "accidentally" breaks Mr. Parker's "Major Award." ("Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window. ") For those of you who are hard-core Christmas Story fanatics, you can actually purchase a leg lamp just like Mr. Parker's at this store.
Well, I've learned my lesson. At least he can keep it in his room and use it as a night light. And hopefully he can keep it safe from my clumsy fingers.


  1. Ooooh, I better not let my kids see this, or they will be begging me for a new nightlight. How exciting for him!

  2. Oh I think it is adorable that he went and made his own purchase! Look how proud he is mom!! Just grin & bear it.....

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog yesterday! Come back for the flip flop exchange!


  3. That's great! Good luck getting that to fit in with your decor!

  4. Oh. my. How sad, but quite funny too. He'll probably grow tired of it quickly.

    I LOVE Christmas Story and you quoted my absolute favorite line from it!

  5. I'd let him keep it. He bought it, he loves it. In the whole life scheme of things, it is no big deal.

  6. Oh that is funny! I was trying to figure out what it was in the first picture. But I think it's great! My kids would be all over that!


  7. Oh, my gosh! This happened to me! The first summer Sergei came, he took his money to a yard sale. Unfortunately, he had a lot more money than Evan had. Oh! The things he brought home! And most difficult - many were nice "gifts for mama".


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