One of the least rewarding aspects of parenthood is when birthdays are approaching (luckily, we don’t do gifts for Chanukah), you get to be the go-to person. As the parent, you are the one everybody asks, “what would ____ like for her birthday???”
I guess maybe some parents have tons of ideas and are happy to share them so they don’t have to buy everything.
But me, I come up with one idea, and guard it ferociously… unless somebody scoops me on it, like my sister did the other night when she suggested a guitar for Elisheva.
Okay, yes, sure. That was the one idea I had so far, but you’re her aunt, you buy it… I’m sure I’ll come up with something else.
And then I did come up with something else: a DVD player for the playroom downstairs! So the kids don’t have to watch their DVDs on the computer OR in our room. There’s a VCR in there, but who watches those anymore? DVD players are super-cheap now and everything!
And then, I was at my mother’s today and she asked me … and darned if I didn’t go and blow that one, too!
So now I have to come up with Idea #3…. these are not easy, believe me.
Oh, but in related news, the little kids' Magnetic Mr. Skeletor arrived today. Pretty gruesome-looking, in a cool way. It should really help me answer Naomi Rivka's incessant questions about
the "seeds" that make babies - and Gavriel Zev's. In our homemade "siddur," we have a picture of an opened-up person for asher yatzar, and he keeps pointing at the stomach and aying "seeds?" :-)
Supper: Yes, I have to get off my bottom and go make supper. Chili. Cornbread. Don’t ask. I am sick and tired and mizzzzerable today. And cold, did I mention cold? And tired? I don’t even know why I bother mentioning that I’m sick. Between allergies and colds, it feels like I have been sick non-stop since June. Blah.