The Magic Wand Evolution/Revolution Or, Beware of Opinionated Stroller Moms
I case you were wondering about just such a thing—THIS is a Magic Wand farm.
The sign on the bucket was more creative than the wands themselves—but that’s beside the point.
Then, my sister “out wanded” me with her usual flair and because they were scooped up in less than a day by the hungry masses yearning for wands—I was forced to up my game.
But the wand phenomenon like I suppose all good things do has developed a life of its own. It has its “people” who talk to my “people” (me) voicing their thanks (mostly), opinions (often), and now…requests. This week a group of stroller moms as I call them were rifling through the bucket looking for just the perfect wands for their kids when they caught sight of me getting into my car.
“Oh, hey, are you the Magic Wand lady?” they asked.
“Yes, I am” I answered proudly waiting for the usual parental gushing. Instead, this is what happened:
Mom #1 – “Listen, we love the wands, we really do, but…”
Mom #2 – “The little ones chew on them so could you put more without any paint in the bucket?”
Mom #3 – “Unless you use pesticide, Do you, I mean, use pesticides?”
“Uh, no. No, I don’t” I stammered. I was caught completely off-guard.
Mom #1 – “Are you sure? Have you specifically asked your gardeners not to use any pesticides or even worse… Round Up?”
Mom #3 – “Oh, look, Barbara, she has dandelions everywhere, they don’t use Round up.”
Mom #2 – “You don’t look sure. Are you sure?”
They all looked at me waiting for an answer. After a minute of biting my tongue I said, “No, I mean, yes, yes, I’m sure. In four years no kids have died from holding or chewing on these Magic Wands. I swear!”
Mom #1 – “What I really wanted to ask you was, do you make them in any other colors besides purple and gold?”
Mom #2 – “She did. You did, you had blue ones once.”
Mom #3 – “The reason we’re asking is that our sons, well…”
Mom #1 – “Our sons are all nine and ten this summer, they’re getting to be big boys and well, they want a wand…”
Mom #2 – “Just not a pink one.”
Mom #3 – “They’re not really pink, they’re more purple…”
Mom #2 – “Magenta. They’re magenta!”
Mom #1 – “Anyway, they’re too old for pink…”
Mom #3 – “And sparkles. Do you make any wands without the sparkles?”
“The boys hate the sparkles too?” I asked, crestfallen.
Mom #1 – “Not really, it’s just that the sparkles get all over the carpet and…”
Mom #3 – “I’ve found sparkles all over Jimiraquois’ bed!”
They laughed and nodded in unison while the toddlers in the strollers happily chewed on my Magic Wands.
I was clearly outnumbered.
“Do you have a color in mind? Something that both girls and boys would like?” I HAD to ask knowing full well that they did.
All three moms in unison – “Red. Red works.”
So, in closing, you can’t fight progress. Kids get older. And boys don’t like pink. And requests. Some people are very comfortable with big asks, not that this was a particularly big ask, but still, I couldn’t have done it. But maybe that’s just me.
What do you think?
Speaking of moms and their big asks…
Now I don’t feel so bad.