My son and his wife are “gadget freaks” who immediately fall in love with the latest novel technology. He has been like this ever since he was an infant; making him one of the most expensive children you could imagine when it came to buying presents. If the present wasn’t the “latest” model – and somehow or another he’d always know what that “latest” model was – then he’d be all frowns. You can imagine what he was like when he got really into computers. It was about that point when I told his mother we’d stop buying presents and instead give him a credit card.
Just about that time he fortunately took a serious interest in the ladies. This change in personality ultimately resulted in his setting up residence with the young lady who is his partner in business as well as life at present. So, instead of some new or fancy gadget we decided to get the two of them a membership in Bed, Bath & Beyond as a way to help them furnish their new home. I figured it was a high-quality as well as practical gift, and one which could be economical as well, since they could use Groupon coupons and promo codes – like the latest one offering discounts of 50% on kitchen items – as a way to fit out their home while saving substantially. Of course, I hadn’t figured upon their taking advantage of the card to buy the highest quality top-of-the line products offered at the place. They had the finest equipped bathroom and kitchen of any young couple I’d ever encountered. I trust they made good use of those Groupons since his mother and I still use dish sets we bought when we first got married.
At any rate, his marriage didn’t cure his love of new gadgets. And his wife was almost as bad as he was, although she tended to favor mobile and hand-held items…I think she will one day be the first woman to design a way to prepare and serve an entire meal while sitting in a chair giving verbal commands to computers. Meanwhile he’ll become the guy whose car fuels, polishes and maintains itself at the clap of his hands. And I’ll remain the one who rakes leaves and shovels sidewalks the old fashioned way.