I just got the oddest request for a Christmas present. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say “odd”; it is, after all, Tai. She’s smart and inquisitive, and therefore it really was only a matter of time.
Now I know some of the things that are really at the top of her list: Leap Pad items, a cell phone, a computer of her own or, better yet, a laptop of her own. To all of which I, of course, said “Uh… I don’t think so!” Well, if I could, I’d do the Leap Pad items. The rest however… foggetaboutit!
However, she surprised me just now with this.
“Mom, I want either an Atlas or an Almanac for Christmas.”
I was busy chatting with some friends, and for a moment that didn’t even register. A few seconds later, the word “almanac” sunk into my brain. “You want a what?” I asked, surprised but still a touch distracted.
“An atlas, or an almanac.”
This time my brain latched onto the word “Atlas”. I started typing “Amazon.com” into my web browser. “An atlas or a what?” I asked again, this time incredulous. It was finally dawning on me what my daughter was asking for, and I didn’t know what to make of it. I was thinking an atlas would make a fine present indeed.
Then I saw the prices.
Hardcover atlases are pretty expensive. I discovered they could be truly outrageously expensive ($140+? Really? Do they serve you a nice cup of tea on a chilly day?), but the kid versions, such as the Essential Atlas of the World,
can be found for under $20. Now I know what I’ll get at Avid Bookshop. Hurrah! I knew I wanted to buy her a present from there, but had no idea what it would be. Now I know.
As for the almanac idea, if I can I might try that too. Maybe the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012.
I’m taking donations.
Or you can purchase directly and send as a gift. Just let me know it’s coming.