Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nail polish helmet

We decided it was time for Miriam to be wearing a bike helmet on our bike rides, even though she rides in the trailer. We usually just take her on the bikes/pedestrians-only river path, but every once in a while we ride to campus on city streets. City streets with a wide bike lane, yes, but city streets nonetheless. So we thought a helmet was a good idea.

I had been building up a Target list for a while, so yesterday, when we finally got around to going there, we decided to look at helmets, too.

Imagine my dismay when I saw that brandification has apparently taken over the children's bicycle helmet market as well. There were Disney Princess helmets, Thomas the Train helmets, Dora helmets, Diego helmets, etc. All of them cost more than twice as much as the "ghetto-brand," plain-colored, purely functional helmet hidden in the middle of the array.

Then, to my surprise, Miriam bypassed all of the dazzling branded helmets, pointed right at the plain one, and said, "Look mama, nail polish helmet!" And that was the one she wanted.

Here it is:


I'm not exactly sure where the nail polish connection comes in, although the color is a little bit glossy. But I have to admit I was very pleased with her choice.

After all that, we decided she couldn't wear the helmet in the bike trailer anyway. It is so huge (a fault of all bike helmets, not just the nail polish one) that it tips her head too far forward when she is sitting against the seat in the trailer. Oh well. At least we tried.

4 comments:

Nancy said...

I think that was an awesome choice for a helmet.

The Ensign's said...

She looks sooo cute in her helmet!!! I think kids are adorable with helmets that make their head look twice the size. We bought Shay one when we bought her little bike and now ANYTIME she rides her bike she wears it. She gets hurt everyday around the house so I figure she'll need it. Even if she's not going very fast. I should have her wear it around the house I guess.
Oh, and I know what you mean about the flashy helmets. When we looked it was the same thing, but we got Shay to settle on a "ghetto" flower one that was half the cost.

Amelie said...

My name is Amélie Stahl. I am a French aid worker based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I will be moving to Syria in the coming months to join my life partner. I found your Syrian blog by chance on the web while trying to locate expatriates in this country.

I do not know anyone yet in Syria and would love to get in touch with you and share experiences, contacts, potential centers of interest related to life as an expatriate there.

As I do not find how to contact you directly, I am posting my message as a comment.

I look forward to hearing from you

Best

Amélie

Bridget said...

Hi Amelie, if you read this, I have added my email as a contact option in my profile. So you should be able to email me now if you need to.

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