Thursday, March 18, 2010

Whew...

Eldest just opened her birthday presents. I got her two video games, one for the Wii and one for the DS.

She squealed over both of them. And now there is rapt silence as the music of the Wii game begins to float through the house…

Once upon a time, buying presents for her was easy. Anything brightly colored that made a noise, she’d love it.

These days, her tastes are more refined and subject to change from day to day. Just because she told you two weeks ago that this was “The Game,” the one she wanted more than aaaaanything, or that this book was THE book (or series), the one she couldn’t wait to read…well, that was so five minutes ago.

I was actually a little nervous about how she’d feel about the games. That’s the thing about having kids who don’t ask for a whole lot on a day to day basis: You really don’t want to let them down when they’re actually expecting something.

But, for one more birthday…I got it right. Go me!

Next year, I’ll be buying for a {gulp!} teenager.

{…pause to contemplate that…}

hold me…

3 comments:

Renee said...

Just out of curiousity...what were the game titles? My niece is eldest's age and has a DS and my mother-in-law has asked me what games girls that age are 'into' and I don't really know. When I work I'm all over the trends but I've been off for over a year. I'm lost.

Teenager. Shudder. I'll hold you then if you'll hold me in 7 years.

Science PhD Mom said...

I take the wimpy way out as an aunt of teens. I buy gift cards or give cash. Miraculously for us, that makes us the "cool" aunt & uncle! Woohoo! Sadly I'm afraid this magic effect does not extend to parents, who unfortunately cannot do anything cool EVER just because, well, you know, they're PARENTS! Good luck! At least this year you got the thrill of getting it right again! (I'm happy I have a good few years to go before we will hit that phase of parenthood)

Steph B said...

When they're teenagers you can just throw money at them, they love that! :-) She is a lovely young lady. Scary how fast it goes, though, isn't it?