An exciting development happened a few years back. A McDonald’s was built just minutes from my house! I was pregnant at the time and wanting to inhale McMuffins, so I was giddy to have closer access to my craving.
We still go through the drive-thru
at least once a week occasionally. I always make the kids get apple dippers and usually white milk. That makes it healthy, right?
It’s the toys that cause our trauma. Here are the last two adventures:
My three-year-old, Mase, and my five-year-old, Evie, got these flapping bird Happy Meal toys. They weren’t the most impressive prizes I’d seen.
After lunch I was cleaning up. My one-year-old, Dax, was demanding my full attention, crying at my feet. I noticed one of the birds laying on the counter, still in it’s package. So, of course, I opened it and gave the bird to the baby. Worse mistake ever!
I suddenly hear a large bird-like squawk from the corner of the room. It was my stasher, Evie. “Mom!!! You opened my bird. Why did you do that?!? You know I didn’t want you to do that!” she cries.
“Sorry. You didn’t put it away. I didn’t know it was yours.”
“It was on the counter. Why did you open it? Why!?!” At this point I normally would have had her calm down or go to her room, but we had to go pick up her sister from school.
I was trapped with my daughter’s wrath. “You need to go to your room because you opened my toy and you used my reindeer cup last week.”
“Oh, definitely. I will go to my room. You just need to make sure to change the baby’s diaper and put him down for a nap, and help Dani with her homework, and you need to read some books to Mase.”
There was a long pause. A hint of a smile. “Yes.”
She had forgotten about the bird by the time we got home. He is now “missing”.
Mase had Evie’s most precious zooble (round bird-like creature) Happy Meal toy and wouldn’t give it back. Evie attempted to make a trade with a muscle guy. Mase took the muscle guy, but decided to keep Evie’s toy also and ran.
Squawking Evie was chasing Mase around the living room. I started chasing Evie. It was quite a spectacle, over a Happy Meal toy?
Sadly, this toy is also no longer with us.
I’ve heard that some people are petitioning to have McDonald’s get rid of their Happy Meal toys. And miss out on these memories??? Never.