Last night, we found that the girls have decided to run an owlery. A
what? Yes, an Owlery. An imaginary place where the owls from Harry
Potter’s universe live when the children are at Hogwarts. Where the
owls all have a perch and can hoot with their fellow fowl. Of course,
to have an owlery, one must have an owl. The girls begged to go out to
buy an owl each.
Falling back on my standard consumer issues, I announced that we
could research this and find what kind of stuffed animal owl could one
buy. I also insisted that instruments (piano and violin) needed to be
played while I was researching. The child that was not making sweet,
sweet music, watched over my shoulder. I explained what I was doing,
how I was comparing prices, etc.
Finally, we discovered several really nice wildlife stuffed owls and a
Webkinz owl. The girls both wanted the Webkinz one and it was quickly
decided the would both get one. "How are you going to pay for this?" I
asked. Soleil only had a few moments of thought when she remembered,
"Uncle K sent us checks for Hanukkah! We can use that!" We
discussed and I agreed that if they put the remainder of the check in
their bank accounts. They agreed and we all were happy.
Jay pointed out that Webkinz are available at the mall. The girls were
very excited at this prospect. I made it very clear that if they
bought owls, there would be NO going on-line until Friday night. They
understood why (homework, school nights, etc) and agreed. After this
was agreed upon, we went out.
The first store did not have any owls. Soleil politely asked the women
at the counter and they checked the computer inventory and let her
know that they did not have owls. We decided to try the kiosk at the
mall. On the way there, Soleil discovered an issue. What if there was
only one owl at the mall. We decided that this would be the family owl
and we would order the other on-line. Then when our second owl
arrived, it would become a girl’s owl and he could be logged onto
Sure enough, the kiosk at the mall only had 1 owl. We bought that
one. The girls agreed to the plan, I suggested we would combine the
cost of the two owls (one with shipping,one without) and divide it in
half. They agreed.
I think this was a win-win. The girls learned a little about funding
something, researching a product and saving money and (strangely since
we did this the same night) patience. They also now have an owl.