Monday, July 26, 2010

It's difficult if you're not prepared

As K will contest, I'm a total possession whore. Sometimes (not often) it's easy for me to say something like "ok I'm ready to get rid of this (insert item here) and let's just put it with other donate items and get it out quick before I change my mind".

Other times it's not so easy.

Well recently I've had to part with something that I had not intended to part with, but now have no choice.

Being a "car guy" I've collected a number of small cars of varying sizes throughout the years. In recent years I've learned to curb that appetite and actually get rid of quite a few that I really don't need.

Until this last week I had a scale model of a 1973 BMW 2oo2 tii that was Inca Orange.

Beautiful car, no? Yeah I think it's a damn sexy car myself.

And here's the rest of the story...................

So we have a 5 year old nephew. He's obsessed with cars as well.

We had hosted the Father's Day dinner this year. An amazing feet in itself considering we live in 812 sq ft.

Nephew M is always trying to touch my cars at some point when he's here. K or I are always telling him to put the cars back because they are for looking not touching.

Why don't I move the cars you ask? Well this is after all my home and I don't think that it's my responsibility to child proof my home when at 5 years old nephew M should know that he can't touch things that belong to him and honestly it's his parents job to monitor and correct their child's behaviour.

Well apparently on Father's Day no one was monitoring nephew M and he got ahold of my BMW. I know it's just a scale model and all and it doesn't do anything to add to my life. It did mean something to me though. I did briefly own a 2002, although not a tii model.

I hadn't planned on getting rid of it in our decluttering, after discovering the other nite that it was broken I've had to throw it away.

This is what's left of my poor Inca tii. The door was torn off at the hinge and the trunk was torn off at the hinge.

When I confronted my SIL about it, I wasn't prepared to not get any kind of closure. Instead of addressing me about it, she had nephew M ask me about the car. When he did, he asked "what car did sister J break"?

I was truly amazed. He was blaming his little sister who is going to be two in a literally another week.

I told him with no uncertainty that I believe he broke it as he had to be told four times to put it down.

So with that I marched him back outside and to his mom. NO apology from nephew M and no prompting of an apology from SIL.

I did let her know that as of that day that I had started researching sites that carried this particular car and it was discontinued through all vendors.

The prices are just skyrocketing as well since this car is no longer available. It will cost more to replace (should I find one on ebay or Amazon) than I think anyone should pay for a model car.

If it had been any other car in my collection this would not be so hard.

The good thing is that it made me look hard at the others and decide that they need to go as well.

Less clutter is the name of the game.

Thank you nephew M.........I think.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. That's a real 'thank you... I think' moment if ever I'd heard one.

    Why is it things that kids aren't supposed to touch are the things they're MOST obsessed with?