(Actually, it never occurred to me that a magic wand could be a birthday gift option. Dang.)
Last Friday was both my daughter, and daughter-in-law's birthday, and I went to my daughter's home to celebrate. (You might remember that my son, daughter-in-law and their kiddos live in the biggest little city.) We went to lunch and shopped, (And shopped, and shopped...) and when we arrived back at her home, we were met with a full on surprise party, (complete with balloons, homemade signs and cards, and a cake!) made up entirely of all of her men; her husband, and her four boys.
The boys had homemade cards, and hand selected her birthday gifts from the dollar store. After she opened the glittered-baton, she unwrapped the present she had hoped for. A magic wand, which, as a side bonus, came with a matching lavender tiara!
Oh, she was thrilled. She enthusiastically proclaimed just how much she loved it (as she placed the tiara on her head) and said she couldn't wait to use it tonight, as it was a very special sort of wand, with magical powers, specifically designed to get little boys to go to bed without any fuss, whatsoever.
The youngest of the little men looked wide-eyed at her as she shared this big news.
(Can you even imagine this little imp ever giving anyone an ounce of pushback?)
Later, after we had sung happy birthday, and all ate some cake, and everyone brushed their teeth, and had put on their pajamas, their Daddy said it was bedtime. The birthday girl and I gave them all hugs goodnight, and down the hall to bed they went with Daddy.
A short while later there was a creak of a bedroom door, and the sound of shuffling four year old feet coming down that same hallway, and then, I could feel a presence behind me, as I sat near the end of the sofa.
In a sweet hushed whisper of a voice I heard him say to me, very matter-of-factly, "That wand is fake."
It was impossible to keep a straight face then, and I immediately repeated what he said (once I stopped laughing) to his parents.
Maybe she should have asked for an Insta-Pot.