I only have myself to blame. While we were shopping at Target on Sunday, my SweetPea happened to spot the DVD, "Kai Lan's Great Trip to China" on a rack that...GASP...happened to be strategically displayed at three year old eye level...and I let her have it. Hey, why not...it's a cute cartoon and being part Chinese myself, I'm all for letting the kids learn about Chinese culture. Or, at least, I thought it was a good idea...
At first, we had the excitement of buying something new, which meant rushing home to watch the new movie. Then, we had fun talking about the story and all the new Chinese words we learned. Later, we got online at NickJr.com and printed a fun passport and sticker activity book so that we could play like we were "going to China". DUN DUN DUN...then...the question:
SweetPea: "Mommy can WE go to China?"
Me: "Sweetie, remember what YeYe told Kai Lan? China is VERY far away"
SweetPea: "No, it's not" (of course she doesn't think so...on TV it took them exactly 2 minutes to get there)
Me: "Sweetie, it would cost a lot of money to buy tickets to fly on an airplane to China"
SweetPea: "I have money!" (she sure does...a whole $30 in her Noah's Ark bank...that ought to pay for... the Super Shuttle ride to the airport)
Me: "We can PRETEND to go to China"
SweetPea: "No...we can GO there...you can drive me there"
At which point, I just give up the argument. So it seems I better get off my butt and find a way to get us to China. My options...join the Peace Corps...become some kind of missionary...or park myself in front of WalMart and sell cookies...a LOT of cookies. At that rate, we'll get to China somewhere around the time she's ready to head off to college.
Note to self, next time I buy a DVD, it better be "Dora Goes To the Alamo"...at least I CAN drive us there.