“minimalist moment” – a moment in time when my journey to become minimalist impacted an unexpected decision.
yesterday, we were running late over the noon hour and i decided that it would save us some time to pick-up mcdonald’s for lunch instead of making something at home. i sent the family on ahead and went through the drive-thru. while in line, i remembered my complaints about happy meal toys (you can read about them here). at that point, i decided to try a small minimalist experiment: order the happy meal food without the toy. after all, it was cheaper to buy the food items individually anyway.
driving home with food in hand minus the happy meal toy, i was interested to see how it was going to go down with the 6-year old and 2-year old.
they jumped for joy when i walked in the door with a mcdonald’s bag and quickly ran to the table. we enjoyed our food. so much so, that i actually forgot about my experiment. that was, until my oldest asked me, “did you bring a toy for me?” at that point, my younger daughter remembered as well and said, “yeah, toy.”
i turned to my son and told him that i didn’t bring home a toy because i didn’t buy a happy meal, i bought the food separately. “oh, that’s okay, ” he responded. i was glad he approved.
however, my girl wasn’t quite satisfied with the answer and asked again, “my toy?” my genius wife quickly picked up a small doll on the kitchen floor (my daughter had dropped it so that she could climb on the chair), set it on the table next to her and said, “here’s a toy for you.” and my 2-year old said, “yeah. that’s a toy for me.” and that was the end of that!
i’m calling the experiment a success! no more happy meal toys when daddy is buying…