Suddenly, I found myself in a position to buy a car for the first time. I weighed all of my many options, from buying used or new to buying from an independent seller or a commercial dealership. In the end, we decided to go with a closeout-sale Honda Civic. While we did originally check out the El Cajon Tipton Honda dealer, I ended up boycotting them after encountering pressure sales tactics. In contrast, I was much happier letting my commission go to a totally goofy, green associate at DCH Honda of Lemon Grove.
|DCH Honda of Lemon Grove|
This afternoon, my husband and I took the kids to Honda to take advantage of our complimentary first oil change, including our usual free car wash. Arriving at the dealer, we dropped off the car keys and headed to the kid area of the lobby to hang out for the hour it would take to complete the job.
|Our son setting up his Zoobles in the Honda kid area|
|Zoobles are for anyone!|
|Where the Zoobles are found at Toys "R" Us|
It is so touching that our Wittle One is still so innocently free from being held captive by many social norms. We know that our time is surely limited before he turns his back on Zoobles and anything else for "Girls." Sadly, and very likely, the words that older boy planted in his head today will probably continue to grow as he overhears more comments to the same effect. I hope that he will also internalize the advice he gets from my husband and me and not allow others to dictate what he can enjoy and who he becomes, but conformity is an overwhelming force for most kids, and even for most adults. As for today, the extra generous "Easter Bunny" funds from his grandparents allowed our son to pick out four Monster Jam Monster Trucks, a Bakugan with Bakugear, and...two Zoobles.
NOTE: For any little boys out there who may get teased about loving Zoobles, my husband Tweeted his blog posting about today's Zoobles encounter and received encouraging replies from grown men who also love and collect Zoobles, because the toys are so colorful, cute, and cleverly designed. By the way, my husband is fan of Zoobles, as well. My son had to get his good tastes from somewhere!