Number One Son just announced what he wants for his birthday. He also demanded that he receive his present several weeks early.
Presents have always been something significant for him. (We even had to give him a small present on his sister's birthday, after we noticed his depression on that day).
He wants the new iPad, which will soon be released. He can't wait for his birthday and cannot survive with his current iPad. The cost of the bloody thing is irrelevant, because it's his birthday.
Of course, I was foolish enough to ask why?
"Because it's Apple and it's new," he replied, as if roles had been reversed, and he was the adult speaking with a dim-witted child.
How do you counter such logic? I am not smart enough.
I turned to my wife, who usually handles such delicate psychological matters with ease. I learned that the two of them had already discussed this. The conclusion: he gets the new iPad and...His old one becomes my birthday present.
Where did I go wrong? Hand-me-downs have become hand-me-ups!
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.