Something good happened. I feel like I should whisper - you know, in case someone is listening, and they make it disappear.
A few weeks ago I spotted a great t-shirt in Tesco for Smiler - up there on the top right corner. Woo hoo, I thought, a fantastic christmas present ... but the biggest size in the store was 9/10, and while Smiler is a little on the small side for his age, he's not that dainty! I checked out the design online, and when that only showed the size choices up to 9/10, I figured this was not going to end happily. Just in case, I took to twitter to ask their customer services team, but no dice. I'll blog separately about the complete lack of recognition of the need for stage not age appropriate clothing, but that's not what this post is about. This post is about what happened next.
A message from Tesco appeared a couple of weeks later, asking what size I had been looking for, and a little later, I got this ...
Okay, I thought, I wonder if that is actually as promising as it sounds? I decided it probably wasn't, but hoped that maybe someone hiding deep inside Tesco might be gathering the numbers to see whether it was, occasionally, worth their while to manufacturer a couple of designs in bigger sizes.
Another message beeped into existance, asking for my full name and postal address - I figured there was going to be a polite but firm letter making an appearance, doing the whole while we appreciate your interest in this matter unfortunately there is little we can do as the demand for such items is so small thing. Simply another of those issues that doesn't cross the mind of a ... usual person, who doesn't have to try and explain to their child, on a regular basis, why they can't have that to because it is too small.
And then this ...
followed immediately by this ...
... and a couple of days later, by this ...
They made two t-shirts, especially for Smiler.
I'm desperate to put them on him, but Mr Manley is insisting they should be for christmas, so we're going to tell him they are a gift from Tesco. He'll have to do a thank you (which for Smiler means some scribbling on a piece of paper, but I don't think they'll mind).
There will, of course, be photos.
Lots and lots of photos.
But for now, thank you Tesco, for the pleasure I know your gift will bring my son.
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