Today was a good day. It was a rare opportunity for me to spend some quality time with my daughter and like most dads I wanted to treat her to something nice so we visited Toys R Us:
Me: Ok, what would you really really like?
Alisha: Can I have some princess shoes please Daddy?
Me: Of course you can, they have all these different ones – a red Cinderella pair, a yellow Sleeping Beauty pair, a blue Ariel pair or a pink Rapunzel pair?
Alisha: I really like the blue ones can I have those please?
Me: Ok beautiful no problem. She’s a beautiful Mermaid isn’t she…..
Can anyone see the problem yet??????
So we get out of the store into the car and Alisha excitedly opens the shoes and just as she gets ready to put them on she stops.
Me: Are you going to try on your new shoes ?
Alisha: Ariel is a Mermaid.
Me: That’s right, she’s NEARLY as gorgeous as you.
Alisha: And these are her shoes ?
Me: Er yes of course. Look it has her picture of the front.
Alisha: But she’s a Mermaid Daddy.
Me:…………………. (Slowly the realisation hits me). Yes.
Alisha: How can she wear shoes when she hasn’t got any feet?
Alisha: SHE HAS A TAIL DADDY. SHE CANT WEAR SHOES. WHY HAVE YOU BOUGHT ME ARIEL SHOES THAT ARIEL CAN’T WEAR????
Me: Err maybe she has false legs that she wears on special occasions????
Alisha: No Daddy. That’s ridiculous. I don’t want them. I want princess shoes with a picture of someone with legs and no tail.
The conversation with Toys R Us customer service was interesting……