When Your Mom Is Too Cheap To Buy You Spinners

Teachers everywhere hate them, and Pope Francis used them to explain the Trinity.*

Fidget Spinners are the latest fad to achieve the magic balance where adults are annoyed and kids are happy to drive them crazy. They’re the latest “must have” item for kids everywhere.

Which almost makes me feel badly for my poor children whose mother adamantly refuses to shell out the $7+ for the whirling toys, and I even refuse to be persuaded by tears and pleading.

“If you want a fidget thing-y so badly,” I told them, “go make your own.”

As the corner of my 15-year-old’s mouth twitched a little, I knew I was in trouble. “Challenge accepted,” he answered me before disappearing upstairs into the infamous Lego room.

Several hours later, my children were all splayed out on the couch happily twirling their own spinners, each its own unique design. Created entirely of Lego bricks, these fidget spinners cost us nothing. (We already own ridiculous numbers of Legos. That’s why they have their own room.)

Here’s what he’s come up with so far:

…but if your spinner can be Batman…

always let it be Batman!

Now get building! Let’s see your spinner creations.

*the Pope Francis post is satire.

About Rebecca Frech

Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.
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