Feb 22, 2017
These are the things you think about when you’re a mom. They teach you in school about cost per unit, but they don’t teach you this. True, a 16oz plastic jar of bubbles with one bubble wand may be $.99 while the 6 pack of 4 oz bubble jars on the shelf next to it is $3.99. Any person with a calculator will tell you it’s a better deal to go with the big jar. Which is why after no more than a solid minute of cost-per-unit analysis in my head I made the wise choice… and went with the 6 pack.
Because what the calculator can’t tell you is how likely a 3 year old is to knock over the big jar only five minutes after you open the thing. Or how many bubble wands he’ll accidentally/on purpose (jury’s still out) drop down through the cracks on the deck into the catch-all underneath where they’ll be trapped forever. Not to mention how likely the 3 year old and 7 year old are to argue over who gets to hold the jar or blow the bubbles. Or how many full jars the 7 year old will set on the balcony railing and then accidentally bump with her elbow, only to come up from the yard below in tears, holding a freshly-opened bubble jar with only a quarter inch of suds left in the bottom.
Tonight as I was helping the kids write in their journals, Olivia was dictating to me what she wanted me to write in hers. She talked about her art class at school and, among other things, what she termed all on her own as “bubble drama.”
But, ya know, as Pa Ingalls would say, “All’s well that ends with 5 mostly-full jars of bubbles and 4 bubble wands.”