The Kewl girls are already pretty good at the whole law of attraction thing. A few weeks ago I was reminded of the quote: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't - Either way you are right." from Henry Ford. When I passed this on to the girls we talked about it for a while and they recognised it very quickly as something they could use to their advantage.
"Mummy, I think I can have chocolate cake for dinner - So I am right, hey mum?!"
In my adulterated ignorance I rolled my eyes and told them - nice try - but the saying was not meant to be taken that literally.
Not more than 20 minutes later, Mary Poppins walked in the door with a big chocolate cake for us to share after dinner.
Today Miss J and Miss F took their mind powers to the next level.
We had to go to the big shopping centre and just because I like a challenge, I took the kids with me. My kids are pretty good when it comes to resisting the brightly coloured, cheery sounding, kewl light flashing, perfect kid height, button happy machines filled with al kinds of consumer crap - but even the best kids are not immune.
About 10 meters from the exit, I was almost home free when Miss F spotted something she just HAD to
I tried explain that these machines did not often give away the expensive prizes - that even though "a" prize was guaranteed, this could mean one of the cheap ones and not the one she wanted - but Miss F was not having it.
"Mummy! It's MY money and I think I can have that player!"
So I stopped resisting and got her to close her eyes and picture the player dropping off the hook and falling into the basket at the bottom of the machine, then to see herself reaching in and taking it out, holding it in her hands in front of her.
She opened her eyes, put her coin in the slot and pushed the button.
Then she watched with expecting eyes as her mp4 player dropped off the hook and fell into the basket at the bottom of the machine. She reached in, took it out, held it in her hands in front of her and giggled.
While I was picking my jaw up off the ground, Miss J took $2 from her bag and pointed at the second, and last, mp4 player.
"Mummy, I think I can have one, too."
So we did the same thing - Miss J pictured the player dropping from the hook and falling into the basket, then reaching in, taking it out and holding it in her hands in front of her.
I don't know what the chances are of getting two of the exact same, high value prizes from a novelty machine like that...
But I don't think it matters.
I wonder what Henry Ford would think if he knew he was helping to enable the shopping habit of two 5 year olds...?