This afternoon Steve and I went to a little girl's 4th birthday party. We stopped by Lakeshore Learning Center to pick a present for her. A few minutes into the Lakeshore experience, Steve was beginning to get irritable. Of course, it's partly the store's fault. There's no reason to subject your customers to Musak of children singing Beatles songs. You haven't been annoyed until you've been annoyed by a chorus of children warbling Yellow Submarine.
I told Steve to head over to Starbucks and I'd pick a toy. That's when I noticed that in addition to sections for Arts & Crafts, Puzzles and Games, they had this section:
Manipulatives? Kids grow up so soon these days.