Happy New Year, you sexy people you!
As of this morning, I am officially back at work, so I guess as of this morning, I will officially start blogging again. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
I saw my dad off at the airport yesterday. It was sad to see him go, but hopefully he can return before too long. Driving home, I started thinking about the holidays, and how many toys Mini-Me had gotten this year.
And thinking about THAT got me thinking about my current pet peeve:
WHY DON’T PEOPLE INCLUDE BATTERIES IN THEIR GIFTS????
Damn, does that piss me off!
Do you have any idea how many gifts my son opened this Christmas that needed batteries that the giver did not bother to include? My son’s little face routinely went from “super excited” to “super disappointed” as he handed me gift after gift and asked me to open it so he could play with it, only to have me tell him, “Sorry, we don’t have the right kind of batteries. I’ll have to run out and get some in the morning”.
My God, people! It says right on the damn box what kind of batteries the toy needs! Why stick that on me, the parent? Do you really think it’s OK to give my son a $10 toy that requires I run out to the store to purchase $12 worth of batteries for? Who the fuck do I work for, Duracell?
Seriously, my son must have gotten about 8 toys from well-meaning people this year, sans batteries. I had to buy about $50 worth of batteries so I could make some plastic pieces of shit that my son didn’t even ask for in the first place light up and go “beep beep”.
Hell, one person even gave him something that needed batteries, AND a 60 fucking watt candelabra lightbulb (all NOT included, of course!). Because you know, I just happen to grow 60 watt candelabra lightbulbs out of my ass, so that was a lucky break for us.
I know you all mean well, but PLEASE, for the love of God, in the future, don’t give kids HALF of a gift. Either supply everything a child needs to play with your gift right out of the box, or just give him a gift card to Toys R Us or something.
Believe me, it will go a lot easier on the parents.