But I digress. So after my daughter and her friend arrived home, my daughter told me she had a story to tell me. I'm thinking, "She lost the car." (click here if you don't know that story) No, the car was in an obvious place, close by. She told me they went out to the balcony on one of the levels, looked over it, and saw a chalked unicorn with an arrow. She said to her friend, "we have to go down and follow the unicorn."
I didn't think anything of it as she related the story, but later I started to feel a bit concerned. Isn't the idea of following a cute character everything we tell our children to be wary of? We instruct them: Don't take candy from strangers. Don't help strangers find lost dogs. Don't follow strange unicorns, cartoon characters, or something to that effect? Basically we tell them to treat anything fun and happy with suspicion.
Anyway, they followed the chalk unicorns which led them to an artists' shop, where they sold their works. In some ways I would have been right to caution them away from following random unicorns because the artists are known for their inappropriate potty humor. My daughter and her friend are far enough into their twenties that they understand bathroom jokes. But wouldn't that be a rotten surprise for a mother to follow said unicorns with her little ones in tow only to happen upon an inappropriate shop?
It was however a successful way to advertise, I have to hand them that. My daughter was tickled pink. Years from now will be the only thing my daughter remembers about the outing and may be the only shop she wants to go back to on her next trip downtown.
I think the lesson here is: Don't follow unicorns if you aren't prepared to deal with the end result or something to the effect.