The younger kid turned three recently. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday. This was her list:
A car with a girl driver
A car with a boy driver
A little ipod “just for me”
A movie about a tiger
A blue hat
A book called “96”
The Secret of Nimh book
A flower game
a wolf toy
a book about monkeys
What could I do? I got her everything.
Some of the items were a bit more difficult than others. I got her an electronic vaguely-ipod-shaped toy, glued pictures of a boy and a girl to some toy cars, downloaded a kid movie about tigers, searched for an hour in a used bookstore for the Rats of Nimh book and bought everything else at various dollar stores in the area.
And I also made her a book called “96.” From scratch. It took me forever. I had a blank Little Golden Book that we got in a gift set, and cut two characters out of a comic book.
Here’s a pdf copy of the entire thing: 96
She wanted pasta for her birthday dinner. We had pasta. She wanted a Madeline cake…
her aunt got her one.
What a lucky little kid!
For the record, we asked her what she wanted to do while she was 3. This is what she said:
Eat more cake.
Ride a horsie.
See a donkey.
Go to Ikea.
What a joy to be able to give her the things she asks for! One day, I’m sure she’ll ask for a car or tickets to a pop-star concert in LA. But I’m so pleased that, for her third birthday, I was able to indulge her cute toddler requests.