If you own a fidget spinner, raise your hand. Or a fidget cube. Or any other type of fidget toy that is pissing off parents and teachers across the nation.
What the hell are these things and who came up with the notion to profit on things like autism, ADHD, and anxiety? Thanks a lot. You’ve managed to break the piggy banks of many children whose parents have told them no.
I’m not one of those parents. I tend to give my children more freedom and allow them to have things. Why? Because I was raised by a mother with an iron fist. Cool things like fidget spinners didn’t exist. I had Barbie dolls and a fucking 10 speed bicycle. My fun consisted of seeing how far I could get into town before my mother noticed, and grounded me for a month.
Now, as a 46 year old mother of 2 teenagers, my eldest mocks me because I do childish things, like play online video games, and even play with and collect toys. Not a lot, mind you, but a good fair share. You don’t need to know how many plushies I’ve purchased in the past year. Go ahead. Shame me. I don’t give a rat’s ass. They’re soft and cuddly – unlike my husband.
Speaking of husband, last weekend, my husband and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. Groot was just so damned cute, I had to go to my local Game Stop to get a Pop Groot collectible. It now sits next to my fidget spinner – which I can’t use because my freaky fingers are too small. I need to get a mini spinner. It’s still on backorder at the local mall.
But fidget spinners aren’t the only fidget toys out there. OH NO! If clicking or whirling sounds aren’t annoying enough, I’ve discovered begleri balls. Oh no…. another thing that requires dexterity. I used to be really great with doing things with my hands. I still may give them a try, but given my lack of flexibility – many thanks to aging – and recent extremity edema, I have limited range of motion in my hands. Not to mention carpal tunnel.
Will these things cause repetitive motion injury? Who knows? I’m not about to find out. I can’t sit still long enough to have something in my hands for that long.
Wait. Isn’t that what these things are for? To help a person focus? I kind of have mixed feelings about that claim. While some people swear by the calming effect and improved focusing, I tend to get antsy and discouraged very easily when I can’t pick up on what looks like should be a simple and easily learned skill.
Oh well. At least I have crochet and adult coloring to fall back on now and then.
ADD sucks sometimes…