Boys and Their Toys

My husband has gotten a new, shiny toy - and I'm not sure whether to roll my eyes at his excitement, or be relieved that at least his car is finally clean



As I write, I'm staring out the window at a new car on the driveway that's masquerading as a Hummer. It's so big that my little Fiat is squashed between it and the hedge. The boys do a Dukes of Hazard manoeuvre to climb into my car through an open window because there's precious little room to open the door.

Excitement vs extravagance

You can probably tell that it's not my car and that I'm not impressed by this new toy. It's completely unnecessary. An extravagant waste of money. But my husband hasn't been this excited since I bought him a digital barometer for Christmas...

My husband leases his car. We'd only had the old one for 16 months when he got an email from the car dealership, asking him if he wanted to trade in his old car for a new one. Stupid question. That's like asking a kid if he wants more sweets. The answer is always going to be "yes".

A "free" upgrade

The email from the car salesman seemed to suggest that they were doing us a favour by taking the "old" car off our hands and offering us a new one. A "free upgrade" is how I think they termed it.

But there's no such thing as a free upgrade. Once you've read the small print you realise that the so called free upgrade is going to cost you twice as much in the long run. I know because a certain make of expensive phone has got me on that one.

Unfortunately with the car, by the time I'd worked out the extra costs, my husband had visited the showroom, gone for a test drive, picked out a colour and signed the paperwork.

It's completely justified apparently

What's even more tragic is the way he tried to justify the deal. Here are some of his comments:

"This will work better in the snow".

It didn't snow at all last winter. Or even the winter before. We live in a part of the world where snow is a rarity. But the way he sees it is that at least when it finally does snow, we will be prepared. To rent a snow plough for the winter would be cheaper.

"We need it for the 3 sets of golf clubs".

Not being a golf player myself, I can think of a few choice places to store those golf clubs.

"We need it to travel to Cornwall".

We only go once a year. We could hire a Bentley plus a chauffeur to take us at a fraction of the cost of the new car.

"The old car needed a clean anyway, might as well just get a brand new one".

He had me at "clean". He knew that my OCD cleanliness issues would throw all logic out of the window, and that I would agree to the new, clean car, whatever the cost.

Christmas day

In the time it's taken me to write this, my husband has been out and back again in his new toy. I can see him sitting in it, fiddling with the nobs. And I'm reminded of my other boys on Christmas day, playing with their new toys, and I smile as it's quite sweet that they're not really that different.

Amanda Coxen, Working Mum and Tinies Director

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