While doing some Christmas shopping and running some errands, I was drawn to the toy aisle in the drug store* (not just any drug store, but the end all be all of drug stores).
I don't know why, but this year I've been really excited about looking for toys. Because of infertility, it has been a long time since I have enjoyed shopping for children's gifts. Well, at least in terms of toys or clothes. I've hidden behind the safety of books for many years, which my godchildren and little cousins have enjoyed. I love books and I'm really good at picking them out. And I'm told the kids look forward to it because they can't wait to see what I find for them. It has become my niche and not everyone gives books, so it is kind of special. And that was kind of my thing before the whole infertility cloud of darkness. However, it has been a safe haven because I can either go to one store or go online to get all of my holiday shopping done. Low risk for triggers. Sadly, not exactly a place swarming with children. We'll hope they are at the library picking out free books to borrow!
But this year was different. Something shifted and I wanted to venture down the toy aisle. Granted this was not the toy aisle of a big toy store, but it was toys. I just let myself peruse and get lost in the fun of just looking. I had no real goals. Just looking.
Then, I was drawn to this toy.
At first glance, I laughed. Play food has become so much fun, and it comes with a fortune cookie. Then I had some sad feelings, the ones of longing. But it was cute, and cooler than the cheeseburger.
I sent the picture to T~ on my phone followed by a texting conversation.
Me: If I was a mom, would this be the kind of toy my child would have?
Me: "Mommy is a terrible cook, so we got takeout!" :O
T~: We totally would have that! "Mommy and Daddy expose me to all kinds of culturally diverse, delicious foods!"
Me: (Insert happy blow kiss face emoji.)
Maybe one day.
*Discount Drug Mart--The jingle sums it up nicely. Discount Drug Mart saves you the run around. You'll find everything you need! I bet you can Google it or find it on YouTube. Growing up in my hometown, this was (is) the go-to store to meet your errand needs.