Justin Bieber, you are an elusive creature.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not up on what six-year-old girls find cool, but I do my best to fulfill wishes when they are presented to me. The 6 year old in our adopted family asked for “Justin Bieber anything”, so I spent much of my weekend thinking more about the Biebz than I ever have or hope to again.
I had sort of hoped the task would be easy, as his Biebness is all over the damn place these days. However, since everything in my life right now is an arduous task of insurmountable odds, actually FINDING Bieber stuff was close to impossible. Is Bieber passé now? Is he no longer the cool thing for girls to sigh over? I dragged Ed to two of the most hellacious places to be on a Sunday afternoon two weeks before Christmas – SuperStore and Walmart – and was extremely hard pressed to find ANYTHING with Justin’s floppy lesbian grin staring out at me in a Canadian approximation of swagger. Seriously, the only non-CD item I could find was a pinata. While the thought of giving someone a Justin Bieber pinata is a hilarious one, it’s not something I’d want to give a little girl for Christmas – so I bought what I could: the Christmas CD, a copy of the movie, some other “All About Justin!” DVD, and some stickers. Then, to ease my suffering, I decided the girl also likes princesses. That made things a little easier.
The very request for Bieber stuff is kind of weird – are 6-year-olds really that up on pubescent teen idols? I tried to remember what I was into when I was 6, but everything before 1982 is a blur. I even looked up popular toys from the era, but I don’t remember ever owning any of them so that was no help. This is where I need you, internet – if you have girl who’s 6, what was on her wish list this year? And what about you – what did YOU want when you were six? I am no good at children.