Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I thought that we had made it clear to our families, four years ago, that plastic toys - especially talking, beeping, noisy ones - were verboten as gifts to our children.

Well evil found its way into our home tonight, wrapped in "happy birthday" paper. Let me introduce you to the "Diego Talking Rescue Pack" Look at the picture. Look at it hard. Memorize this. Do not, I repeat, do not, allow this into your home if the happiness and sanity of your children is important to you.
This evil disguised as a toy, will bring strife among your children. Obsession, jealousy, ranting, raging, screaming, crying, hitting, pushing, and hatred is sowed with this toy.

Two children ended up in tears, crying over this thing. Widget still whimpering "pack" as he went to sleep. Sproglette begging to just touch it one more time.

Maybe we are wrong. But this thing now resides in the trunk of our car, hidden away until we can figure out how to safely dispose of it. If we weren't in the middle of a deluge and it weren't hard plastic, we would have burned it in the backyard.

Beware. And be afraid. Be very afraid.


Leigh said...

Oh, you aren't wrong at all! Kill it from kindness, indeed, as an act of mercy. Or, tear out the batteries and see if they still want it once it is silent. And, will S be at school next week? kindergarten?

Cranky Mama said...

I think so - we are having a few "issues" with the administrative process that I hope will be resolved by tuesday...

Valerie at We Love Durham said...

Is this the one that was recalled due to lead? There was a Dora/Diego backpack of some kind that was recalled due to lead. The "it might have lead in it" might be a helpful tool in the plastic-toys-from-inlaws battles. ;)