Birthday Present

“The toy store was closed by the time I got there,” Ted complained.

“This is what you always do, Ted,” Carol said. “You wait until the last minute. Her birthday is this weekend. You’re the exemplarily procrastinator.”

“Wait, maybe I can find it online,” Ted said.

“Ted, there is a huge demand for those things,” Carol said. “If they’re not in stores, you won’t find any online.”

“Maybe a used one on Craigslist,” Ted said.

“Used one?” Carol said. “Don’t make me cringe, Ted. How could you even consider giving a used one to your daughter for her birthday?”

“So we’ll get her something else,” Ted said. “She’s only five. She’ll be thrilled with whatever we get her.”

“This is not a trivial matter, Ted,” Carol said. “She’s been begging for a Cabbage Patch Kid for months.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Promp (toy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (closed), The Daily Spur (exemplarily), My Vivid Blog (cringe), Your Daily Woed Prompt (trivial), and Word of the Day Challenge (cabbages).

This post, while fiction, reflects actual events that occurred to me back in the mid-eighties. Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were a worldwide phenomenon. My five year old daughter pleaded with us to get her one. Of course, back then there we no online shopping sites, there was no Craigslist. The only way to get a Cabbage Patch Kid was to hit the pavement and to go from toy store to toy store, from department store to Walmart to Kmart, trying to find one in stock. I finally did managed to score one in time for her birthday, and for about two weeks, until she got bored with that stupid doll, I was a superhero.

16 thoughts on “Birthday Present

      • Leyde Ryan August 20, 2022 / 11:34 pm

        I’m sure you did. Good dads have stories, good ones usually. Not so good dads don’t have stories–mine didn’t. That’s the way the cookie crumbles, or so it’s said…

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  1. Alice DeForest August 20, 2022 / 7:19 pm

    We went to the Cabbage hospital in Cleveland Georgia, wasn’t prepared for the bill at discharge after the birth


      • Alice DeForest August 21, 2022 / 9:15 am

        Yes, Mother cabbage gives birth, you can choose the cabbage like a preemie or full term . Also you can send your cabbages there to get stitches or any work they need. It’s in Cleveland Georgia

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        • donmatthewspoetry August 21, 2022 / 6:20 pm

          Good heavens…..what a wondrous place…..and to
          see Mother Cabbage always on display beneath the branches of the Magic Crystal Tree. Pollinated by fanciful Bunnybees® Gosh…..

          Being serious it does seem an interesting, useful place for repair work etc…..

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  2. Nope, Not Pam August 21, 2022 / 4:09 am

    They were the big thing when I was a kid. I never had nor wanted one. I just wanted books 😊

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    • Fandango August 21, 2022 / 7:20 am

      That probably was a relief to your parents.

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  3. Terveen Gill August 21, 2022 / 6:30 am

    Cabbage Patch Kids were so popular when I was a kid. I didn’t like dolls so never had one. I guess always the odd one out. Nice story. 🙂

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    • Fandango August 21, 2022 / 7:22 am

      I thought they were ugly and never got the allure of them.

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  4. pensitivity101 August 21, 2022 / 10:34 am

    Masters of the Universe was the rage when I had kids to look after. I got together with the ex wife and we agreed that her family would buy all the bad guys and their HQ, and partner’s family (and mine) would buy all the good guys and their HQ. That way, no duplication, and the kids got the lot.

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  5. Lauren August 22, 2022 / 10:40 pm

    I was able to score a CP kid for each of my daughters. They loved them for a very long time.

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  6. leigha66 August 25, 2022 / 7:21 pm

    It was years later when I was working retail I saw up close how truly ruthless the hunt for the “it toy” was. There was a man in a wheelchair with a Furby on his lap and someone took it right out of his lap and took off. Sickening. I was so glad there was never really one toy that my daughter HAD TO have growing up… or I probably would have been a crazed shopper too. 🤪

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