Friday, November 09, 2007

iPod Age Limits

Family dinner time is a wonderful thing. At my house, much insight can be gained by conversations had around our old oak table. Things like, what really happened at school today and how much money got spent at Sportsman’s Warehouse today, seem to come to light over chicken casserole or spaghetti.

Last night, the conversation somehow wandered to the topic of Christmas. I know I can’t avoid it. As I shopped for my son’s Halloween costume, Elvis Presley singing Blue Christmas blared in my ears and yesterday I noticed folks coming out of Starbucks with the tell-tale “red cups” of the season, rather than the traditional white ones. Panic attacks set in if I really let my mind wander to the fact that Christmas is only a little over 6 weeks away. So it’s only natural that it has darkened the door of our dinner table conversation.

“What do you want for Christmas” I asked my husband.

“I really can’t think of anything I want or need” he answered.

We went on like this for a few minutes, both asserting that we are perfectly content and don’t need or want anything. (Which you know is a big lie and if we had money or opportunity, could come up with any number of things to buy ourselves.) At any rate, I began suggesting gifts I could buy for him. Some of them were serious and some were silly.

“I know,” my face lit up with a bright idea, “I could buy you an iPod!” It was a joke, of course, my husband still owns 8-track tapes, so there’s no way he could RIP CD’s, use iTunes, and get them on the iPod…nor does he have any interest in doing so.

But before we could discuss it further, my son started laughing and asked incredulously…“Mom, why would an old man like Dad want an iPod?”

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