I recently ran across a pretty nifty gift for Bubby: Hatch-N-Grow dinosaur eggs!
How awesome is that!?
I ordered the eggs, they arrived, and I was quite excited to try one out before popping a few in the mail to Bubby, just to ensure it wasn't totally lame. (Sea monkeys anyone?)
Here's how it works:
I placed the egg -- the size of a regular chicken egg -- into a glass of water as directed. Per the package, I should have a little dinosaur head cracking through within 24-48 hours.
And I did!
Very cool! Get a load of that cute little dino grin!
Despite the "Age 3+" notation on the package, I just knew Bubby would love watching the dinosaur hatch. So I planned to send him not just one, but two packages, just in case he wanted twice the fun ... or just in case Megan wanted to use one to amaze the 4-year-olds in her classroom.
Megan called the other night to confirm the time of our weekly Skype session, and I told her about the very cool dinosaur egg, my practice hatch, and my plans to send Bubby a couple in the mail.
"He won't like that," she said.
"What? It's a hatching dinosaur! It's so cool! He'll love it!"
"No. He won't. He'll be scared of it," she assured me.
"Um, I don't think so," I responded. "I'm going to show him during our Skype session and you'll see. He's going to love it!"
We proceeded to Skype and I could barely contain my excitement as I grabbed the glass of water containing the magnificent emerging dinosaur and held it toward the webcam so Bubby could see.
He grew silent. And slowly leaned back into Megan for protection.
"It's a dinosaur!" I smiled and explained, trying to turn him on to the delights of the mini dino.
"Scary," he said so quietly that Megan had to translate.
"He's two, Mom. That's scary to him," Megan said.
I couldn't believe it. Yeah, the recommended age is three and up, but I figured that was because some little kids might eat pieces of the cracked shell. Or drink the water. Or bite off chunks of the dinosaur once it was fully grown. Not Bubby, though. He wouldn't do that. He'd be fascinated by the emerging prehistoric figure, I was sure.
But he wasn't. And isn't. And won't be for quite some time, apparently.
So I'll be packing away the boxes of eggs I purchased for Bubby. Unlike real eggs, they won't go bad. And I'm sure that by the time he's three, he'll be more than ready to plop an egg in a glass and keep a constant eye on the dinosaur's progress as it cracks through the egg.
In the meantime, I'll keep a constant eye on my dinosaur, eagerly awaiting the day it breaks completely free from the egg.
Maybe once it does I'll then show the fully hatched dino to Bubby during a Skype session. Maybe it's the egg that scares him! I'll just have the adorable mini dinosaur ready and waiting to surprise him during a Skype visit.
Of course I'll have to ask Megan first. As hard as it is to admit, Megan obviously knows better than Gramma.
At least when it comes to Bubby.
Sheesh ... this grandma gig isn't as cut and dry as one might think!
Have you ever had a gift-giving experience fall stupendously flat?