Asna’s attempt. With spilled cocoa powder.
It all started when Asna requested for souvenirs in Osaka. I don’t usually buy anything that she asks for because it’s a bad habit of buying for the sake of buying instead of buying because it’s something she really likes. Because she usually gets what she wants (not from me), the turnover of her toys are high. She gets over one thing for another rather quickly. One conversation that we had some time last year:
“Cikyong do you have RM29”
“No. I have only RM20”
“I want to buy an organizer at the bookshop”
“Do you even know what an organizer is?”
“I do! A place where you put your stationery”
“Well, I don’t have RM29”
“Yes you do, Cikyong, you can go to the bank and get money”
No, that suggestion was not entertained. Kids these days…
Anyway, whenever she goes out with me, I often tell her beforehand that she’s not going to get anything and make her agree. If she does ask for something when we’re out, I’d remind her of the ‘contract’ that we had before we left the house. Whenever I’m a little more generous, I usually tell her that she may only grab healthy food. Like apples. Or yogurt.
Back to Osaka. Parents and Reza were ordering food at a restaurant nearby. Asna wanted to take a look at the souvenir shop and I was there to accompany her. Things in Japan aren’t cheap, but since we were in Japan, I thought I ought to give her some leeway. At first she wanted this really ordinary bracelet, then changed her mind – she wanted food erasers instead. Gave her a couple of conditions she should adhere to, that should she lose the erasers, she will need to:
- Clean my bedroom
- Wash my bathroom
- Mix me a drink for supper (“but I don’t know how to make you a drink!”)
All these for fourteen days. She said “Okay, promise”.
I actually know that she’d lose it some time later, thought I’d inject some fear so she won’t take the erasers for granted. She’d probably use and then lose them at school, BUT last week I found out that she gave all the erasers away to her friends! She had them for only two weeks!
“Because my friends liked them”
A nag session ensued, but on the bright side, I have my own bedroom cleaner and drink mixer for 14 days.