NO, we did not give Natalie any gifts at all for Christmas. If you don’t count this:
The problem with that gift is that it sparked IDEAS. Now she also wants a beatbox (Yikes! Yes, she must believe we need MORE volume around here.) and a piano. Yes, we have a piano, and no, it is not the specific one she wants.
It is all their fault:
She wants a hip keyboard like that orange one… and a blue beatbox. I wonder if I could just MAKE a beatbox for her? (Hahahaha! What AM I thinking??)
Anyway, she is wondering why I don’t just work more and why Dad doesn’t work more and make the money to get her these “few things” she wants? We talk and talk and have the conversation about appreciating what we have… Her brutal honesty is wonderful: I ask, “If we got those two things for you, do you think you would just dream up more things you want?” Yes. yes I would. “So there is a never-ending desire for new things, right?” Yes, yes. Should we just buy things for you and no-one else? and at this point she abandons me as the wish granter: I’ll talk to Brett (the biggest brother) He could work really hard and buy me a beatbox. He could. He just needs three hundred eighty-nine and sixty-nine tenths.
Meanwhile, she and her friends are enjoying the drum set: