You don't know me and I don't know you, but I spotted you in the Prudential Mall with two kids in tow and a toddler in a stroller. Perhaps you noticed me, too. I was the one in the pink coat with the pained expression.
Let me explain.
First, I admire you for braving the chaos of Boston on Patriot's Day in order to take the kids to see the Boston Marathon. I'm sure they had a lot of fun. But I'm also pretty sure you're going to have lifelong back problems from pushing that dinky, seriously-was-that-a-toy-stroller-because-it-was-really-really-small umbrella stroller around all day.
Make no mistake: you were doubled over at the waist! It's a sad day indeed when a tall man is pushed to the limits of his pain threshold for being a good dad. The look on my face was meant to convey the sympathy pain I was experiencing on your behalf.
Mr. Dad, I realize that these are tough times. But maybe you could just invest in a nice Maclaren. The super compact, lightweight Volo is only $130. Or for $280 you could get get a Techno XT, which--I might add--comes with adjustable handlebars. You could use that as your primary stroller amd never need to waste another penny on some cheap umbrella stroller that looks like if you hit a Boston cobblestone the entire frame could collapse right there on Newbury Street.
Think about it, please. It could save you hundreds in chiropractor bills and your toddler will thank you.