Monday, October 27, 2008

lessons (not) learned

The offspring were busy Sunday pouring over the Toys R Us Christmas catalog making their lists for Santa. I thought it might be a good time to teach them a lesson about the joys of giving, so I sat them down and said, "Your dad and I have decided not to buy each other Christmas gifts this year. It's silly to waste money on things we really don't need, so we're going to take the money we'd normally spend on each other and donate it to charity."

I could tell they were really listening.

A short time later they all came into the living room and Male Offspring #3 said,
"We've been talking, and since you and Dad aren't going to buy Christmas presents for each other....well we were wondering."
Hallelujah! They finally figured out the true meaning of Christmas. "Yes?"
"Instead of donating your money to charity, could you spend it on us?"
Sigh.

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