Aww…isn’t that the most adorable little feet? This little guy here was enamoured by those ugly looking piece of rubber in Parkson Grand the other day. Oh my God! It is RM129 (or something like that) per pair! *wipes sweats* He put on a purple pair of Crocs shoes and ran around Parkson looking for his papa (who is on the opposite aisle), “This one got expensive?” Whenever he asked this question, he would put on the most endearing smile, puppy eyes and timid voice.
I tell you. If we are not jaded parents, we would have scooped him up, shoes and all and head straight to the counter and flipped out our platinum credit card and drawl…charge it! No need plastic bag, we are wearing it now.
But heh, we are five times parents, yo! You think it is so easy to get conned by puppy eyes and sweet, pleading voice meh?
So, we gave him back the same puppy eyes and sad faces looks and said, “Darling…this is too expensive. It is ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR. Papa must work many many days only can get the money to buy wor…..”
To which, our little darling said, “Never mind, Tesco sell cheap-cheap wan.” Heh, we have trained our kids well, no? He usually get paficied with his own reasonings like “When got sale only we buy ok?” or “We go other place and see got cheaper or not.” Gee….I love that kid.
Ladies and gentlemen…Let me present to you.
Kasut buaya cap Asadi.
Ada duit, jangan sia-sia.
Beli kasut murah
Lama-lama, pasti kaya
RM12.90, sepuluh kali
Lebih murah dari
Now, don’t expect me to give freebies over here lah. I am not paid by Asadi to lelong kasut murah lah. Do you all remember Fung Keong rubber school shoes? I think I was about in Standard Three when this was the rage. Wuah..back then, kids can get canned if our school shoes were dirty. So, rubber shoes is heaven-sent because we can wash them every day. Until….the stench of dirty feet in a pair of rubber shoes made us realise it was quite a dumb idea. I don’t know about the real Croc shoes but it reminds me of Fung Keong Kasut Sekolah Getah.
Anyway….both hubby and I have brought up our kids without being brand conscious. Probably because we can afford most of the things they wanted. Also maybe because we usually buy the best quality and not the brand name. So, thank God that we never have to deal with kids demanding branded goods. If my kid is the eldest, probably I would get him the real Crocs because his younger siblings can use the hand-me-down. But since he has no one to hand down these shoes which he outgrows real fast, Asadi will do. No one cares, really, whether it is branded or functionable goods. What say you? Do you have the insecurities and egoes that need to be cushioned by brandnames? (referring to this news) Gaya mesti ada, poket kosong tak apa.