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Seven Stages of Kaleidoscope Addiction
by Judith Paul (1995) Drawings by Jan Haber

Stage 1: I haven’t seen one of these since I was a kid!

Stage 2: It’s really exciting. I saw it last weekend. It’s not that expensive…I’ll take it.

Stage 3: Ooooh! This is just so good and that other one. This one too. Not that expensive…I’ll take them.

Stage 4: Ohhhh! It’s incredible. And it is incredibly expensive. But…I need just one good one in my collection. I’ll take it.

Stage 5: Oh myyy…who did this? How much does it cost? I can’t afford it. I know I need only one good one…but it’s almost Christmas. I’ll take it.

Stage 6: It’s unbelievable. It’s fabulous! Oh no…I can’t. And this one too. Fantastic! More than the mortgage! I’ll take them.

Stage 7: I know it’s a limited edition. I know how much it costs. I know I can’t afford it. I know…I know. I’ll take it!