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“Mummy, after school, can we go shopping?” asked DD this morning. “I want to buy DS a birthday present.”

Today a pen, tomorrow a diamond. Who knows how this will turn out?

Today a pen, tomorrow a diamond. Who knows how this will turn out?

Forgive me for not replying to her. It was 6am I was weighing up the pros and cons of her request while making two packed lunches and trying to persuade a tired DS a) to have breakfast and b) go to school. My thoughts – for once – were not on shopping.

“With my own money?” she added.

And what could I say to that? DD does not have a lot of money. After Christmas she had about AED 450 (£82 for those of you freezing in the Northern Hemisphere) but, when I sent her out to spend it with her godmother, it turned out she’d blown AED 180 (£30) of that on a talking Moshi Monster toy. With which she’s never played.

I ask you.

Anyway, she learned, I hope, about spending her money on crap, but it’s left her (what with the other things she bought that day, marginally more successfully) with just AED 30. I owed her AED 50 for learning to tell the time properly, rather than just guessing by the position of the sun over the yardarm (that’s my speciality!), so she had a total of AED 80 (£14.50). Reasonable enough, I thought.


“Okay,” I said. “That’s very sweet of you, darling. How lovely to buy a present for your brother from your own money. Of course we can go.”

“I just want to get something little, though,” she said. “Like a pen? He’s only four and I don’t want to waste my money.”

I swear, we’ll make a saver of her yet.



Written by mrsdubai

March 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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