I wasn’t much older than Caulfield when I began to realize that what I really wanted wouldn’t work as a Christmas gift. And only a little older than that when I realized that what “my” adults said they wanted was more about making it feasible for the (grand)kids to get them something than it was about their own desires. Mom liked aprons and cooking tools. Dad liked something he could wear to church. (A tie). Grandma liked decorative turtles. These things were things they liked, but not like kids want Christmas presents.
July 31, 2013