"Well, what do they want?" he dumbly asked.
"They want a bunch of expensive shit they don't need," I replied.
"But if that's what they want . . ." he said, looking at me like I had brain damage.
"I NEVER got what I wanted for Christmas!" I yelled.
Then I realized that some families, ie. my husband's, actually fulfill their childrens' wish lists.
Here are some of the things I always wanted as a kid, and NEVER got:
- An Easy Bake Oven
- Barbie Dream House, Airplane or Corvette
- My own record player
- Rainbow comforter set with matching rainbow pillow
It was not like we were poor growing up, although we were the last family in the country to get a microwave and Atari. My mom, who did all the shopping, was just cheap. Of course her childhood Christmas memories consisted of a stocking filled with nuts and one orange if she was lucky, so you can see what I was dealing with. That, and a father who was famous for saying, "Want in one hand and spit in the other. See which one fills up first."One year my sister and I got a handheld, electronic, car racing game. This was in the 70's way before Nintendo DS, so think retro and cheesy, but we thought it was rad. (Am I aging myself too much?) Anyway, Santa only brought one, so my sister and I had to share it. WTF? We were kids! And sisters!
What do parents do when siblings are fighting over a toy? They TAKE IT AWAY. Eventually my sister and I thought of an elaborate "sharing" system and we got it back, only to go over to my Grandma's house and have it taken out of our wee hands by my dad and uncles so they could play with it. After cigarettes and rounds of Brandy Alexanders we got our game back. . . with dead batteries. Merry Christmas, kids.
Thank God my best friend Ally lived up the street. Santa must have seen my list and accidentally given it all to her instead of me. And she was happy to share.
So what am I getting my kids for Christmas? All I can say is it's a good thing they have friends like my Ally.