I heard on the radio that people are taking time out of their busy lives to circulate a petition saying that the mother whose child got into the gorilla cage should be prosecuted for child neglect. Man. I don’t think this is a precedent we want to set. I’m picturing a lonnnnnnnng line of parents, all of us with our ankles joined by chains to the parents in front and behind us, our children sent to foster homes where they will be just as “neglected” because NO HUMAN PERSON CAN HAVE THEIR HANDS AND EYES ON ALL OF THEIR CHILDREN EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND HIS POOR NEGLECTED BABY JESUS.
A terrible thing happened with terrible results, and now this poor mom is in a nightmare—in addition, of course, to the nightmare of forever reliving that moment when she saw her child IN THE CAGE WITH THE GORILLA. As if a public stoning (if they can find anyone, ANYONE AT ALL who is qualified to throw the first stone) will change even one single thing about the terrible thing that happened. I wonder if there is a “I am so sorry this is all happening to you right now, and there but for the luck of the draw would be EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US” petition?
Today is my youngest child’s birthday, and he is 9, so if you are one of the people I first met when I was pregnant with Henry, that’s a pretty convenient way to measure the length of our friendship. Don’t tell Henry, but this is what he’s getting:
Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set. This is from my parents.
7Seventoys Elite Tactical Vest Kit. Also from my parents. Incidentally, if you are considering purchasing, it is worth noting that it does not come with the accessories shown. They say so in the description, but you could be forgiven for thinking that what was in the picture was what came with something called a “kit.” Instead it is the vest plus a skull mask. (I quietly disposed of the skull mask. Ick.)
He wanted a “BIG set of colored pencils, like A HUNDRED AND TWENTY!!” I found such a set, but the reviews fell into two categories: (1) Ravingly wonderful and not a verified purchase, and (2) “Awful and broken and hard to use” and a verified purchase. So! Instead I got him the 24-pack of Prismacolor colored pencils in the cheaper student version so he can try them out (the listing currently says it’s a 10-pack of markers, but no, it is a 24-pack of pencils as shown), plus the 50-pack of Crayola colored pencils, plus a colored-pencil sharpener, plus a pencil box for him to theoretically keep the pencils in instead of losing them all over the house (I chose that particular box because a reviewer said it had room for over 200 pencils in it, but it’s a fairly ordinary pencil box).
Cuddlekins walrus. This is the snuggliest, softest, nicest stuffed walrus ever. This is the FOURTH time I have bought it, and the second for Henry. I originally bought him one when he was maybe three or four, and we have lost that one; then Elizabeth wanted one, and then Edward wanted one, and then I gave up on finding the original one and Henry will get a new one for his birthday. Also, they sell this same stuffed walrus at aquarium gift shops for about twice the price.
Gumballs. Not these very ones—I found fancier ones in a jar at HomeGoods. About two Christmases ago, I needed one more gift for Henry and couldn’t think of ANYTHING, so out of desperation I bought him a jar of gumballs—and it was like his favorite gift of all time and he still mentions it. So we’re going to milk that idea forever.
Undertale t-shirt. This is my least favorite thing that we bought him, but will probably tie with the gumballs for his favorite gift. Are you familiar with this dumb game? It’s called Undertale. The derp-clown on this t-shirt is apparently called Papyrus. The shirt is overpriced. I don’t like anything about this except that Henry will like it.