Monday, December 8, 2008

On Holiday Gift-giving

So, I'm out and about on Saturday afternoon, minding my own business rallying for democracy, when I overhear an older couple (obviously parents of a teenager) talking about buying Christmas gifts...

Mom: But we have to get her this phone!

Dad: Why? A phone's a phone! Aren't they all the same?

Mom: No, she wants this specific phone...?

Dad: Why? What's so big about this one?

Mom: Er, I don't know - it's the one she wants! It's got more gigs or something...

Dad: (sighing) All right... I hope this one lasts until she's thirteen...

Let me see if I have this straight... you're busting your ass, wandering all over Hell's Half-acre (downtown) in the freezing cold, trying to find a store that has a specific (and naturally overpriced) multi-function security blankie cellphone for your ungrateful little princess?

Call me old-fashioned, but to me, it's a gift and not a fucking obligation! Tell her she'll get what she's given and like it, or she can get a job and buy her own fucking phone!

/end rant