Bear needed new shoes for school as his had rubbed a blister into his toe. They were getting very battered. I suspect that it may have been a seam on the sock that caused the sore as I don't think his new shoes are much bigger. However I gave in and dragged bear to town.
Bear did not want to go into town. He really didn't want to go. He wanted to stay at home and watch Donald Duck on YouTube. It needs dynamite to get him out of the house sometimes. However I dragged him off and on to the bus and we got off near TK Maxx. I thought for a moment and then we dived in because bear needs new jeans.
I am never taking bear into TK Maxx again ever. I was looking doubtfully at the jeans. The jeans in Matalan or M&S are around £8-10 though I think I may get some cheaper ones at Tesco or Asda. I usually get them at a less expensive price on my friend ebay that I gave up for Lent. I looked at some of the prices. Who on earth pays £40 for a pair of jeans for a seven year old? That seems an utter fortune to me. It is only a few years ago I got an entire summer wardrobe for bear for £50. I got cashback on that as well! The jeans were reduced from £40 to £14.99 and bear schmoozed me into getting them. Yes they are lovely, yes they do feel much nicer than most, yes they are a lovely weight, and they probably have resale value on ebay but £14.99! They are Bench jeans. I have an awful sinking feeling that bear could get into designer stuff.
On the way out I pointed at one of the sculptures and said, 'That's a nice horse.'
'That's not a horse, it's just a pile of wood.' Bear said dismissively. I checked that he was seeing what I was seeing. 'Yeah, it looks like a horse, but it isn't one really.' So at least he doesn't have a craving for ornaments that cost £80.
Bear does not like leaving the house. Today there was £14.99 on jeans, £9.99 on a gun, £40 for school shoes and £4.99 for a history book (which to be fair he has been fascinated with since we got home). Then there was the bus fares at £6.30, £1 for bananas for uncle, £3.90 spent at Subway for lunch, and another 50p for a cake when bear staggered to a near collapse luckily just outside a cake shop. He may get to stay in more.
The jeans are probably a good buy. They have massive turn ups designed to be let down and as bear is such a slim jim despite his best efforts they will probably last for some time. His other jeans are coming from ebay, though. Even with postage it is a lot less expensive.