We recently moved my youngest son out of his crib and into a regular bed. Seeing as we have no further use for a crib; I listed it on Craigslist the other day. I posted a picture of it, a very brief description and the price of $40. It’s not a fancy crib by any means and I didn’t advertise it as one. It is clean, sturdy and does the job.
A man called shortly after I posted it and asked if he and his wife could come look at it. We set up a time and they came. The man was very friendly while the woman wouldn’t even look in my direction or say hello. I showed them the crib which the man seemed very enthusiastic about. The woman on the other hand rolled her eyes, shot her husband a glare and when he asked her if she was okay with it, she shook her head in a way that indicated she was completely disgusted.
I have no idea what the lady expected for $40 but apparently she was hoping for something along these lines:
Even though I kept my mouth shut I really wanted to tell that lady just how quick your child’s time in the crib goes by. You blink a few times and they are ready to go into a regular bed. Also, there is a chance your kid won’t even sleep in it. Only 2 out of 3 of my kids spent any considerable length of time in theirs.
I also wanted to tell her that her child would never say any of these things:
1. I know I could learn my ABC’s better if I just had a proper crib.
2. I promise I’ll stay asleep until 8 am if you just buy me a better crib.
3. You are the worst parents ever for buying this junky crib.
4. Tommy has a better crib than me so I bet he will be valedictorian of his graduating class.
5. This crib is a bigger embarrassment to me than the time I had a blow out diaper at Story Time at the library.
6. I can only picture a life of hard drugs and alcohol because I had to spend my baby years sleeping in this cheap crib.