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Couldn't Outrun the Inevitable

February 16th, 2012 at 02:16 pm

It's finally caught up with us. We are no longer in the 'guinea pig' phase, that young grade school time when little kids want furry little pets (that the mom takes care of). Or the blithely innocent age when the kids had fun shopping (the thrift store!) for good used stuffed animals, toys, clothes and books.

Nope, we are firmly in the chauffeur phase. When the parent is present to deliver and pick up (I'm not talking about pizzas), is best seen but not heard, and whose sole purpose (if the kid were asked) is to provide as much as possible, measured in material goods, toward the social acceptance of the young person.

Ha! Not really, but what brought this on was the reality of having to buy $85 tennis shoes for my kid. Yes, they are for running track team, a little more important than just lounging and walking around.

BUT DRAT! That was the price AFTER a generous local store policy of reducing for track club runners and knocking off another 15% for last year's model.

AND JEEZ! They will surely only last him 1 year. Makes those used ice skates I just bought from a friend (who's kid outgrew them) look good! The skates were $75, for my own fun, and will last me 10 years (or more).

Oh well. Am very happy to patronize a really GOOD local store because their experience is worth the extra cost (even though they discounted away the extra and didn't make much I presume).

So here's to the next few years of higher expenses in raising the kids, right? Someone tell me it ain't so!

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9 Responses to “Couldn't Outrun the Inevitable”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    You know, I was a track runner-- All state, even, back in the day. I have never admitted this to anyone, but after running track from 6th grade to junior year of H.S. using the same very expensive pair of Reebok running shoes, I quit junior year. The shoes fell apart and I couldn't run on them anymore. I didn't want to quit, I just felt too terrible to ask my parents to buy me another expensive pair of shoes, and I didn't have the money to buy them myself. It's kind of sad really, but we weren't a wealthy family. Mom made maybe $30k a year, and dad was disabled, so yeah, I gave up on athletics.

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Frown So glad to hear of your past glory! And perhaps you still can live that dream in some little way? Many days I say to my kids that I feel fortunate to be able to provide for them (my girl has more interests which I support but OUCH! such as figure skating and horseback riding). And truly, they GET IT. THey are humble and grateful and don't take it for granted. But that teen attitude, oy! it's hard for them to say it out loud!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I know my parents would have bought me the shoes if I had asked, but I just couldn't bring myself to ask. I bet my mom would cry if I told her this now. They always worked so hard to give us a good life. And they did, but hey, maybe we missed out on some things because of money, but we had what really counted.

    The good news is I have regained my former sportiness. I played roller derby for three seasons (I speed skate), and I do a lot of running. Working up to my first 5 k. I can afford my own shoes now. ; )

  4. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    YAY!! Hip Hip Hooray! and I try to use many of my childhood lessons in making better decisions for my own family (such as being 'there' to talk, a sensitive thing!!)

  5. mjrube94 Says:

    This post made me laugh. I'm in the same boat! I love the card. Is that green stuff rosemary?

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    There's the downside. But the upside is they are getting to the age they can work and contribute financially. The downside is you will still likely be chauffer a while longer. At least until age 16, however long that is?

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Beautiful card!

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    LOL this gave me a good laugh. I still have many good years before this hits, but it's good to remind myself not to get too comfortable being the big strong hero mama that my daughter adores and depends on. Smile

  9. Pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Good eye MJ- yes that is rosemary! At least 2 years till one of them is 16!

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