Asking for too much
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Christmas was a wonderful time for food, family, and fun. In the midst of the frivolity, Brandon, our 16-year-old grandson, along with his mother, approached my husband and said; "Grampy, I want you to give me your truck." Brandon was completely serious, expecting his grandfather to give him the $20,000 Dodge Ram Truck, fully loaded with the cap on the back.
I'm in shock! What happened to the sweet child? Why would his mother encourage him to ask for such an expensive gift?
Brandon has a car, and I talked to him about saving up some cash, and learning how to buy a truck. There's no way we would give him the truck. We gave him a $20.00 book, purchased a family game, and also paid for lots of goodies for our family feast. We spent two nights in a B&B, and paid for the gas to make the 5 1/2 hour round trip. Christmas set us back a bit as it is. We cannot afford to give away the truck.
I have a feeling this was not the last time we will be asked. I feel hurt that my best gifts are not enough to make the family happy. To me, it is rude and presumptuous to ask someone you love for a $20 K truck when we were able to give him a $20 book.
Maybe Brandon needs to learn about perspective. Maybe he needs to learn how long it took for his grampy to get the truck and to pay for it. Maybe it's time for Brandon and his mom to be satisfied with the gifts that they are given. The art of being happy is to be satisfied with what you have. I want this kind of art to be seen in our family. I just might buy a matchbox truck for Brandon's birthday present.
What would you do if YOU were asked to give away your vehicle? How would you react?