I wrote this while on holiday in beautiful Devon with my 8 year old daughter, Chloe. Something happened while we were away that made me think of you.

It involves a toy pug dog.

Bear with me on this one!

One evening Chloe wanted to go to Paignton Pier to play on the arcade games. It’s her holiday treat.

It wasn’t long before she spotted something – something she wanted very, very much. It was a toy pug and it was in one of those grabber machines – you know the one?

You put in your money and move a big claw till it drops and grabs the toy, then you hope fervently that it will keep hold of the toy as far as the chute where it will deliver it to your grateful arms.

That’s the idea. Except it doesn’t often work like that.

Luckily the grabby machine in question was only 10p per go but believe me, it soon adds up when your child is determined to get the cutest pug toy ever. 50 attempts later (!) and we were £5 down but no closer to winning this blummin pug.

Chloe’s patience was wearing thin.

So we had a chat.

I asked her if she was actually enjoying the grabby machine or whether she just wanted the pug toy. 

She said she thought the machine was really mean because it kept dropping the pug on purpose (she’s right) and she wasn’t enjoying it at all but she really, really would like the pug toy.

So I looked at the pug toy, did a bit of Googling on my phone and found one on Amazon for £9.99.

I asked if she wanted to:

A) use her holiday money to buy the pug or

B) put even more money into the machine in case she won.

She went for option A. 

Sensible child.

And so it came to be that Doughnut the toy pug arrived at our house yesterday.

Chloe learned that there’s a hard way and an easy way to get what you want and actually, the easy way isn’t always more expensive. We could easily have spent another £5 in that machine and still had no pug.

And It Made Me Think Of You

  • Where are you taking a difficult path when an easy one would do?
  • Where are you doing the same thing over and over again and getting nowhere?
  • Where could you invest a small amount of money and get a quick solution?

Think about it – there’s usually an easier way to get what you want, you just have to look at things differently.

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