The Power of Retail – “Bigirlpanties”

This time of year, the stores pull out all the stops. Somehow it works. Their powers of persuasion convince us that we need that new super sonic toothbrush cleaner, that revolving tie rack or that cell phone charging, mp3 playing, weather reporting blender and bottle opener dohickie on the catalog cover. We all know that kids are especially susceptible, but I never thought I’d be able to harness that power to my own advantage.

The other day the four of us were enjoying a fun and exciting trip to our local Super Walmart during the height of Christmas shopping season (we sure do know how to have a good time). Siena and I parked ourselves in one spot with the shopping cart while Beth and Amelia braved the stampedes. Turns out, we parked right in front of the little girl panties. Siena couldn’t resist the tempting titillation before her eyes, Dora, Disney Princesses, Sponge Bob, Flowers…a virtual toddle panacea of high fashion.

But, alas, Siena doesn’t have a place in her wardrobe yet for big girl panties. Well, that is not going to last apparently. After coming to understand that only big girls who use the potty can wear big girl panties, Siena has now completely dedicated herself to mastering the art of the toilet. She went right home that afternoon, started using the potty and demanding to be clothed in “bigirlpanties”. So far so good, only a few small accidents and a lot of very dry diapers in the trash….ok, well there was one rather large #2 accident that Amelia went to investigate and then promptly turned and fled from, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. The end of the Dark Ages are drawing near!

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