Thursday, August 13, 2009

My consistent good taste

Elliot turned four today, and Sam and Sarah invited us to a barbecue/birthday party for him along with Sarah's parents and an assortment of friends with cute offspring. Earlier in the day I went to Target to buy him a Tonka truck. I bought him a Tonka truck last year and it was a huge hit. Could I be so bold as to say it was his favorite gift?

I have a Tonka fire truck at my house, which is also a popular item.

Anyway, I stood in front of the trucks to decide which was the BEST one, because I'm a competitive and self-absorbed, nasty person (or because I like to bring joy and pleasure to my grandchild--choose one). I found a red one that made noises and had moving parts but then I saw the garbage truck which also made noises and had moving parts plus two garbage men and it was BIGGER than the red truck. I chose the garbage truck. Then I remembered that I had not bought Louis a present for his first birthday in May, so I also bought the red truck for Louis.

Sam brings all the presents out to the back yard, and after the children beat up a pinata, Elliot opens his presents. He is stunned with the garbage truck. I read this as pleasure. Sam walks up to me, smirking: "You bought him that same truck last year." Crap.

"I'm so embarrassed," I say, but that might have been overstating things. Over medicated people don't get embarrassed, nor do we cry. "Go get the truck I bought for Louis," I tell him.

I think Elliot liked it. It's all a blur to me now. I know that Louis played with it for the rest of the evening, so I know he liked it.

Then Sam brings out the red two-wheeler with training wheels. I can state positively that it was the favorite gift this year. Remember your first bike?

Here's the thing: at this writing I cannot identify the truck I originally bought for Louis. I'm sure it was red. Other than that, I don't know. So, I can never again buy a Tonka truck for Elliot or Louis without making a phone call first. And I don't make phone calls.

Later, we stopped by Charles and Erica's where they were hosting a Lindsay open-house for Anne. There I learned that I had bought the same present two years in a row for Harrison, for Max and for Anne.

Why change when you've found the perfect gift?

6 comments:

Robin said...

If you gave money for presents they wouldn't mind getting the same thing every year. But money isn't nearly as fun to open as a dump truck.

Jason M said...

Do we really have to choose between the competitive, self-absorbed, nasty 'you' and the joy and pleasure-bringing 'you?' I believe surely you are all of these. Nicht wahr, Anna?

doddles said...

Apple doesn't fall from the tree. I got the same thing from Ed for my birthday two years in a row.

Kerri said...

My opinion? You're giving your grandkids presents...it's all good! Not every grandchild gets presents from a loving (and funny) grandma.

Katy said...

I like the competitive you. Topping all the other party guests' presents is like winning queen of the ball.

Bonnie Tonita White said...

I found your blog through my daughter's - I love your humor and candor and your self acceptance. It is refreshing. Keep writing.