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Christmas was pretty great. Everyone was surprised and delighted by their presents to one degree or another, we got to spend a whole lot of time together, and the fact that we got new computers (and had terrible issues with Migration Assistant–come on, Apple, wtf) none of us had our noses pressed against glowing screens, which I guess goes back to spending time together. Nothing better than that.

However! The day after Christmas is my son’s birthday (the answer to the obvious question: 12). Since my wife has to work today, he blew out his candles and opened his presents first thing.

Boy was he disappointed. Here’s why:


It’s been our family tradition that he gets toys on Christmas and books on his birthday; I always thought that was better than “half your gifts one day, other half the next” but let’s just say he feels differently.

Did I say he was “disappointed?” Because I meant that he asked us never to buy books for him again, and he told us books are only for when he’s bored, and he thinks I’m trying to force him to read books that he “ought” to read (the Myke Cole novel prompted that, because wut), that books are “okay, but…”, and why didn’t we get him something he would actually *like*, too. Of course most of those were chosen by me because I thought they’d suit his tastes so I’m the guy who ruined his birthday.

A couple nights sleeping in the yard should change his attitude, though.

For the record, the only books he was excited about were: The Minecraft history, The Oatmeal, Hyperbole and a Half, the Bacigalupi. The rest he views as work. I don’t even.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.



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Dec. 26th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
You vile fiend!

And none of them were MY books, either! :)

By the way, I'm also enjoying the heck out of reading Spirit of the Century; looks like a really workable system. Haven't had fun reading an RPG manual like this for years!
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hey, if you have any post-apocalyptic, dystopian, or humorous novels, lemme know. The kid is impossible to please.

The Spirit of the Century system is way more awesome than it seemed when I was first reading it. I play in a game based on the tweaked core rules and not only is it a buttload of fun, but the sessions really *move.*
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I'm the anti-writer from that point of view. I write positive, cheerful stuff that assumes people will get past their differences and that good guys will win. Postapocalyptia isn't going to be likely in my schedule, aside from "after the Fall of Atlantaea" where I deal mostly with stuff **LONG** after that (like thousands of years).

Yes, I'm actually excited at the thought of trying the system. At least I will be once I recover from this stupid gut issue.
Dec. 27th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Yeah. To me, "post-apocalyptic" means "time for rebuilding" instead of "world-wide lawless frontier" but what do I know?
Dec. 26th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
ungrateful wretch!I would kill to get prezzies of books, lots and lots of books...

please, adopt me... my birthday is in July.
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
::applies back of hand to forehead::

It's too late! The pain is too much! I can never buy books again!
Dec. 27th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
oh dear, I have smelling salts, they evoke the whisp of literary pages and a touch of calfskin..
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I learned a couple years ago never to buy them books. They almost never appreciated or read anything I picked out for them. Then I learned never to buy bookstore gift cards, because they never wanted to use them. I wonder if I would have been such a reader when I was a kid if computers and iPads and the internet had been available as an alternative.
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid, I loved TV to an unhealthy degree, so I see a bit of myself in him. He's sensitive and obsessive; he also hates to be told what to do or to like.

I've already decided to stop bringing home "fun" books for him. He's old enough to go online and look for them himself, so he can do that from now on. I'm only going to get school books for him.
Dec. 27th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
He sounds like my son, who is 13. I've wished for about five years that I could home school him like you are doing. Middle school especially is a hellish place for a kid who takes everything personally.

My kids do read, but they have to select the books themselves, too.
Dec. 27th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
I could never get enough books for my birthday and christmas. Never never never...
Dec. 27th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
For him, books are like clothes. If they don't fit exactly right at that exact moment, he doesn't want them.
Dec. 27th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I could. I would have keeled over in happiness if I'd gotten this stash, but I usually ended up with a stack of Christian fiction / romances.


Dec. 27th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
Heh. My 17-year-old feels much the same about most books. I wasted quite a bit of time thinking I must have done something wrong, as a single homeschooling mom, to have a child who simply didn't enjoy reading fiction. (Thankfully, I'm past that now since I've learned how he best processes information.)

But the kid does love story. He will read to learn and gather information, but he'd rather consume story in different mediums. Best thing I ever did to expand his literary intake was get him his own Audible account.
Dec. 27th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
Hmm. Our library has downloadable audio books. I should run a few of those past him.

Thanks for the idea.
Dec. 27th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

It was my son who proposed it to me this last year. He has always loved being read to.
Dec. 27th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
my mom was a librarian, so there was no shortage of books per se, but I would've loved to have owned some of them. definitely made up for that after I turned eighteen, though!
Dec. 27th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
For a long time I didn't like to read library books because I hated to return them. Then I had a kid. There was no way we could afford to keep him in books, so we had to return them and I got used to it. Now buying books is a real treat.
Dec. 27th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
Did he actually read Vance's Dying Earth already? Or did you buy it so that you could *cough* borrow it? :D
Dec. 27th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
I gave him Vance's dying earth shortly before the holiday so he could read that before the anthology arrived, but he just sniffed and turned away.
Dec. 27th, 2013 10:20 am (UTC)
Pffffft, kids these days!
Dec. 27th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Did he actually read Vance's Dying Earth already? Or did you buy it so that you could *cough* borrow it? :D
Dec. 27th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
I think my younger nephew had the same reaction to the books we gave him for Christmas. It's very strange. :)
Dec. 27th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've decided to love him anyway.
Dec. 27th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
You're a generous soul. :)
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