We had a family excursion last night. Tom and I gave up our usual date night and decided to include the kids. We went to Will’s favorite buffet restaurant (the only kind of restaurant that fills up a nearly 15-year-old), and then went to Toys R Us for some wagon shopping.
I have been looking online for a wagon for Emmy, looking at prices and trying to figure out which one would be best. The wagons I would have bought years ago when I had two nearly twinned toddlers at once (first Charlie and Sammy and then Will and Mary) are too big for just one little Emmy. Also, the wagon needs to be light enough that I can pull it up the hill to the playground near our house without tiring out too quickly.
Some were just too expensive. The Radio Flyers with the big all terrain wheels and wooden sides would be great if you were just starting out with your family and foresaw multiple children using it. You could justify the price maybe. But a modest size and a modest price would meet the need nicely for one little girl.
We looked around at Toys R Us where the predominant vehicles were not wagons at all. They had only two actually set up on display. They had an entire aisle filled with super-expensive, battery powered jeeps and other giant vehicles for today’s sophisticated children.
After seeing the two big wagons on display, both of which were over $100, we decided we’d look elsewhere or maybe check out rummages. (The consignment stores I called had wagons, but the prices were ludicrously high for second hand wagons.) Our neighborhood rummage is still weeks away, and with spring arriving, I wanted a little wagon to pull Emmy in now.
I turned around to leave and as I did, I noticed two boxes with Little Tikes Sport Wagons on clearance for only $39.00. They looked like the perfect size and price for one mini-girl; big enough for two, if that opportunity ever arose, yet lightweight and smaller in scale than the bigger Little Tikes wagons.
So Emmy has a new red wagon that her daddy will put together some time this weekend. We have a big playground near our house behind a school and up on the hill it’s always windy. She likes to run into the wind with her hair blowing, her little feet going fast beneath her. I think she’ll be very excited to ride in her new wagon to the playground. It has a little back piece which I wanted so she won’t go toppling over the back if we hit a bump. Once Tom gets it put together, there’ll be no stopping us!