About a month ago, my kids made their holiday wish lists. 10 year old Young Ladrinka had an extensive list, with model numbers links and images, because he didn’t want to risk our suddenly becoming illiterate and not being able to fulfill his dreams of celebrating Christ’s birthday with an XBOX 360.
Which he isn’t getting by the way, but that’s another post.
But please don’t tell him that he’s not getting it because I want it to be a surprise.
So he has his multi-page list and as he hands it to us, he reminds us that he is also one-quarter Jewish so he doesn’t want to be denied the gift of Hannukah, either, and then my 13 year old daughter comes out with an index card upon which she’d written “I just want to be surprised, but please consider an iPod Touch, in white, thank you!” and then as though she could be any more adorable, she drew a few hearts at the bottom.
Fast forward to last week, when I was looking at the iPods on Amazon and I noticed that they didn’t come in white, but in silver. Hmm, I thought. I called over my daughter with this existential crisis.
“Silver is the white for the iPod,” she said.
“I see,” I said. “And is this what you want? Because you said WHITE.” (By the way one of my pet peeves is people who pronounce the H in white.)
And she looks at me with what can be described as pity and says: “No. NO. I wanted an iPod TOUCH. You’re looking at the regular iPods.”
So I acknowledged my mistake and went on about my day.
Until I got this email from her.
Subject: just some info for you
you seemed to forget the iTouch details. I was talking about it with [name redacted], so I just got inspired to write this list.
Thank you. Have a nice day at work.
I don’t know. I feel like there’s a hint in that email about what she’d like for Christmas, but I just can’t crack the code.
One year ago ...