This summer we went to a pool birthday party for one of Alex's friends. Alex's gift to the little boy was 3-D sidewalk chalk. Ever since then Alex has asked me (probably once a week) if he could have some sidewalk chalk too. Well, we were on an extreme spending freeze (trying to live on only one paycheck each month, and saving the entire other one for the move), and I didn't want to have to scrub it off before a house showing. So, the answer was a decided "no." The poor kid was disappointed time and time again.
(Yes, you're correct in understanding that we've never owned sidewalk chalk. I know - my poor, poor kids - I'm such a mean Mommy - blah, blah, blah....)
A couple weeks ago I saw some on serious sale and decided to go ahead, splurge, and get it. I planned to save it for a surprise that I'd bring out after the house sold. Well, I kept putting it off and off (for absolutely no good reason). But with my sister and nephew visiting this past week, I decided it was time to pull it out. Of course I didn't bring it out of hiding until the coldest day of the entire week (oops!), but at least it was the final day of clear weather before the past several days of nonstop rain.
Alex was beyond thrilled! It was a splurge that was well worth the wait!