It’s Not Easy Being Spoiled
Posted on December 25, 2005 Posted by John Scalzi 10 Comments
Athena, with her new harmonica, performing her now classic “I Got Dem ‘I Unwrapped All My Presents And Now I Got Nothin’ Left to Unwrap’ Blues Again, Mama!” Truly, a lament many children can get behind, right about now.
Yup, I’ve seen our dining room on several Christmas mornings look just like that.
We’re all older, so now we tend to open our gifts on Christmas Eve. The focus tends to be on DVDs and books, though I got Jim more kitchen gadgets (a really big roasting pan), Jim got me something electronic (a photo-printer), and we got Leslie video games and her own gourmet dipping oil.
Its really nice to see a kid with “cool” gifts, such as the harmonica instead of all that overpriced crap that kids want today.
Well, she has that, too.
Overpriced crap is highly underrated.
The trail of wreckage in her wake is what really makes the picture.
There looks to be at least one book in amongst the overpriced crap strewn about, which is good!
She got six books, actually (including one that is actually the first three lemony snicket books). Overall she got a good balance of useful things and useless crap.
Just give her a little sibling next year, so she too can learn the Christmas joys of being the neglected and underappreciated child.
Yeah, like *that* could ever happen. You’re like the blogger gold standard for doting daddy.
My 6 year old got a lot of cool crap and one of my vendors gave me a harmonica that I added as a stocking stuffer. This was the absolute best gift! We had to create a “No Harmonica Zone”!
I think my sister and I have finally admitted to ourselves the truth about Christmas — anticipating the day is actually marginally better than the day itself. The enjoyment lasts longer.