When I was growing up, we didn’t really have much money. My parents were working the jobs that everyone else was too good for – manual labour at minimum wage. So you can only imagine the many toys we didn’t have.
I used to go to my friends’ houses and try to get my toy fix but it was never quite the same thing. We never had the dollhouses, the barbie car and motorcycle, the magic bake, the latest boardgames – none of it. But out of all that we never had, there was one that I particularily felt a deep loss for. The play kitchen. I wanted one so bad and for so long. I think I may have still wanted one late into my tweens but that might be a whole other story.
Well, thank you baby Jesus, because guess what? I have a daughter now! And you know what that means? That means that I can by us – ermm, I mean her – a brand new, totally awesome play kitchen of her own! I’m beyond excited and have been impatiently waiting till she was old enough to get it!
So, I have a few options here. The kitchen I want the most is just a bit out of my price range. It’s actually a lot out of my price range. It’s triple zeros, fancy kind of stuff. Needless to say, that’s not one of the options. I need to look elsewhere.
I suppose one option is a kitchen set that is pretty much a knock-off of the aforementioned fancy kitchen. I’m just not sure how I feel about this though. It’s still a gorgeous kitchen but is this any better than having the fake Cabbage Patch Doll? It’s just not the same thing (I would know, I had one). For my friends who know me, you know my feelings in regards to fake replicas of anything. Why not just get an original? Instead of that fake Prada bag, go out and buy a nice original one. It will be much better constructed and at the end of the day, who cares about the logo on a bag when you know it’s really a Frauda? I love me some designer bags but not because of a logo, you know what I mean?
The second choice is an almost as pretty corner kitchen. This one doesn’t have the same retro look and is an attached set as opposed to two pieces. We all know that almost doesn’t quite cut it though. This kitchen does have more play options – it has the washing machine, telephone, and real cloth curtains. Not only that, it comes with some pots and pans. Can I get over the fact that its not as asthetically pleasing to me?
I know some of you mommies might think I’m being selfish here – it should be about my daughter and all that hooplah. Get real, for a minute. How often are any of our children’s toys (or clothes or accessories or anything) really for the children? Sometimes, it’s just as much for mommy as it is for baby!
I love both these kitchens. As a young girl, I might have appreciated the extra gadgets on the corner kitchen. As a mom, I definitely understand the need for extra counter space. The best part is that both these kitchens are on sale at Toys R’ Us for 20% off right now! Let me know which one you think I should get! I think practicality is winning out here and I’m leaning towards the corner set with extra counter space – who knows, the ample cooking space might just inspire my baby to become a chef one day!