She's still happy to come second-hand shopping, however she's no longer satisfied by the toys on offer. Perhaps she's growing up. Maybe she's picked up too many of my habits, but now she'd much rather scan the bric-a-brac shelves with me.
I used to let her spend a small amount on a toy or book if it took her fancy, but lately she's been picking up ornaments off the shelf and asking if she could have one instead. I started by refusing, thinking that they weren't suitable for small children (ok, ok I admit I vetoed some as they were just horrendous), but she kept on an on about wanting to start a collection - where on earth did she get that from I wonder?
Anyway, after explaining that a 'collection' by virtue had to be a group of similar things, she soon developed a pattern of picking up gaudy, kitsch porcelain ornaments, the kind that are classily back stamped 'Foriegn'. The sort of thing my mum would refer to as 'Early Thurston' - the tat they used to give away at the fun fair.
After much badgering, I gave in and over the course of a few months, she now sports a collection of the finest kitsch on her bedside table. Be afraid.
She's settled on poodles and deer, and at least this does limit her purchases and target her buying. And actually, it's been kind of good for her - it's taught her that ornaments are not playthings like toys and they need to be treated carefully. Admittedly, their hardly priceless heirlooms, and only cost a few pence, but she's learning to respect items much more than she would with a crappy plastic toy.
What do you think? Should I be disturbed by this new collection or encourage and nurture it? Will we be over-run with cavorting deer or do you think she'll keep it in check? What was your first collection?
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