Those of you without children won’t understand this, but Webkinz are like the hottest thing on the planet. Since Mr. Chatter took Little Chatter to a game last week, our plan was for me to take the Princess to today’s game. It’s part of our effort to bond with the other child, and would have worked out perectly… But for the Webkinz. Little Chatter would have none of the Princess getting a Panda and him being left out. We only had two tickets and I couldn’t scheme up any other options that would net us two of the coveted stuffed animals with magic internet codes, so we bought two more seats in the left field plaza and decided to bring both kids so they could each take home a prized panda Webkinz (we did the 5 weekend promotion for Diamond Club tickets).
But Little Chatter had a playdate scheduled for today, so there was a glitch. The other couple in our 4-seat package couldn’t use their tickets, so overall, we ended up with 6 seats split between two sections, so it all worked out with us bringing the playdate friend. We brought Little C’s friend to the game with us and all 3 kids ended up with their Panda Webkinz and then trotted off to play Guitar Hero.
The Princess worked and worked at getting the little tag off the Panda’s arm, against my warnings that if she lost the tag, she’d be crying. The tag holds a magic code so they can register their pandas online (thus the ‘web’ part) and build them houses and feed them and play games with other kids. I suggested she just leave it where it is. Naturally, kids don’t think their parents are wiser than them and she wrested it off and put it on her wrist. The bunch of them went back to the batting cage and returned with Mr. Chatter clearly agitated and the Princess in tears… because she lost her Webkinz tag. Argh! I couldn’t resist the “I told you so!” moment, so mark me down as the bad mother of the year! Tragedy strikes!
I walked up and down the aisles after the game looking for someone else’s tragedy of a lost tag to no avail. Luckily, the Princess found a tag on her way out and all was right with the world again. Whew! Now we just have to get their computers working on the internet again…