We had a beautiful pre-Mother’s Day catch-up tonight with my parents, sister and family.
We went out for dinner, and there was a kids play area in one corner of the restaurant that baby girl was rapt to spend a good half of the night in.
Aside from the usual good humour, happiness and laughter that spreads across the table when we all meet up, we took pleasure in watching baby girl try to achieve something.
Or rather, watch baby girl convince OTHERS to help her achieve something.
She was after ALL THE COINS. The reason being, she wanted to get a toy from within that claw machine game.
You know the one.
You put in a coin.
Position the claw over toy of choice.
Hit the button and down the claw-hand goes, seeming to clutch around the object of your fluffy affection… only for it to slide out of its claw-grip as it begins its ascent.
And you think, damn.
Well, luck was on ALL our sides tonight.
First, my nephew won baby girl her first toy, a white bear with a red heart on the front. He did so easily, to the point where I seriously wondered if he’d caught hundreds like it before.
The second one, she worked for. Many more coins went in, and she had her heart set on a My Little Pony toy, Twilight Sparkle, to be precise.
And then finally, he got it for her again.
But like an addict, baby girl wanted more. She had one, then she wanted two, and now she kept saying, just one more game, just one more game…
I was out of coins. But Baka heard.
My Mum was like, here’s some coins.
Back she went, alone this time.
And we watched through the windows, as the claw came up with a toy, and dropped it down the chute.
We couldn’t believe it.
Not one, not two, but she had gotten three toys, the last one herself!
This one another pony, Applejack. 🤦♀️
OMG. This does not happen. And it does not happen so easily either. I have never seen so many of these toys come out of one of these machines in my whole life, let alone in ONE SITTING.
Wow. 3. The lucky 3, the lucky number.
We were marvelling at the incredible luck she had this evening, when some older guys, perhaps in their 20s, walked by.
Holding a toy.
They said “do you want this?”
To baby girl.
She said “YES!”
And suddenly, there were 4! 4 toys!
The first one came fairly easy. The second one had to be worked for. Third was a stroke of chance, coupled with determination… and then the fourth just fell out of the sky.
Forget about lucky 3… the lucky 4 is in town.