I got this thing the other day that I thought my kids would LOVE. It is called “The Amazing Crystal Garden”. And it is anything but amazing.
I’m always suspicious of things that claim to be amazing, as they are setting the bar really high. I wouldn’t say I am particularly picky either, but if something says it is amazing I am kind of expecting it to be god damn amazing. Is that a fair comment?
The instructions are easy, put the little rocks in a bowl and cover them with vinegar. Leave them in a warm room for a couple of days and you will be AMAZED by a dazzling display of crystals. Well, we are a week into this failed experiment and pretty much nothing has happened. The kids rush to the dishes each day to see if they have grown and I have to watch their little faces fall with disappointment.
How do I handle this? I feel like a liar and a fraud. I read the packet and explained to them they were going to get an AMAZING CRYSTAL GARDEN and all we have is a small cluster that looks like herpes. I have basically grown herpes for my children.
Not really being a fan of parenting books (which is probably why I am such a terrible mother), I prefer the old school way of fumbling through and asking friends for advice when I don’t know what to do. Or I google it. Google knows everything, right?
So I turned to google to help me with this most unpleasant experience.
Yeah, no. Not really helping. But someone needs a cucumber cleanse…..
My main concern is the children. I’m worried about the psychological damage caused by realising their crystals are not coming. I don’t want to be that parent that my child ugly cries to a therapist about when they are 40. So I do what every loving parent would do and I try to delve even deeper into the interwebs.
But I am left confused. And a tiny bit stupid.
Since I am no longer in North Shore Mums, I want to make sure their health is not in danger. Kids will be kids! So I’m asking for a friend….
Like I said. Asking for a friend…..
I’m starting to get frustrated at this point. The answers I need are simply not coming. So I try google images instead.
Still nothing. Although I really feel for Nat, who has herpes.
I begin to get a little angrier. Surely there must be something online to help me?
How is it possible that the world wide web can’t help me with this issue? There is literally NO support group for people who have experienced a failed crystal garden. You can find support groups for ANYTHING on the web.
But not this.
Yep, it seems I have found the one thing that is not able to be helped. Are there other people like me experiencing this? Has this happened to you? How did you deal with it?
I try google images one last time.
Nothing! Just amazing crystal gardens that look absolutely NOTHING like my pile of shit! Take a look at this.
Well, Fuck You Amazingly Shit Crystal Garden (patent pending). You’ve really done a number on this household. Not only do I have to deal with the tears of my kids and wasted time spent waiting for these mystical crystals to arrive, I’ve now had to explain what herpes are to my four year old who heard me yelling at my computer.
No amount of sorry can fix this cluster fuck. But at least the cluster fuck is actually a cluster. Unlike your non-existent cluster of crystals that NEVER FUCKING APPEARED.
I’m taking this to the top. See you on A Current Affair soon.
Have you ever bought something that claimed to be amazing but was anything but? Tell me about it.