So this is kind of funny, in a pathetic way. Suddenly I think I understand how moms get all crazy caught up in the Cabbage Patch/Elmo frenzy at Christmas time. Chevy Chase said it best playing the role of Emmett Fitz-Hume in Spies like Us: "we mock what we don't understand."
After the first three houses we made offers on didn't work out, we were weary of showing Sam any more until we knew for sure it was going to be our next home. In my heart I knew as soon as we saw The One that it was The One but, just in case, we waited until after the ink dried on all the paperwork before introducing it to him.
As we got to the top of the stairs I heard Matt, without warning me, tell Sam that he could pick any room he wanted. Really?
Sam looked around for a minute and instead of picking the room I already had pictured for him, he went for the room with the "Mater" truck in it. No problem. I figured I'd just grab another one of those trucks next time I was in town and have it waiting for him in the room I had originally chosen for him.
One small problem. I had no idea this particular toy was crazy expensive. It was $150 new. Yes, $150. We just bought a new house on the promise that I would do a million things differently to cut our budget to make the new mortgage work - I mean near-exclusive use of cloth diapers, no store-bought salad dressing or cable for a year folks. There is no room in the new budget for $150 toy.
But he really wants it. Matt assures me he won't remember it. But I know he will based on our conversation that morning: "I move to new house. I get Mater truck." So I searched Ebay and found it new, in the box, for $50. Also not in the budget but so, so much more reasonable than the original sticker tag. I lost sight of the fact that it's still a $50 toy and the thing doesn't double even double as a vacuum . Luckily Matt came home and talked me back to my senses just as I was starting to engage in an Ebay war over it.
I trust there's enough to love about our new house that he'll get over the disappointment of not having the truck!