Are you wondering? I’ll give you the same hints I gave one of the children:
It’s something we never expected to buy for our household, and even when it occurred to us, we never expected each other to agree that it was a good idea. That was enough for one smart cookie to guess, but I’ll give you another hint: we knew we could give the kids some serious thrills without filling the house with a lot of new junk, and could use Amazon credits from Swagbucks to pay for it so it cost us nothing out of pocket.
Even now, I keep wondering if it was a good idea. I still hesitate and blush a little when somebody asks what our kids got for Christmas. I feel like I should start with the disclaimers before I reveal the nature of the gift:
- The Gift will only be used with permission.
- The Gift will only be used in a group setting, as an interactive and social event.
- The Gift will only be used on weekends. Special permission to use The Gift outside of the weekend will be rare.
- Attitude is of the utmost importance while using The Gift. Users who display impatience, selfishness, unkindness, road rage and other unchristlike attitudes will be swiftly banned.
What is it? I’m not ready to tell yet. I just want to say that we would never buy what we did – except that we just did.
And The Thing that we bought to go with it – oh my. Swagbucks paid again, but is that an excuse? What have we done? We have one of Those Monstrosities in our house! It’s not what it looks like! It doesn’t do what it would do in an average American house. Its power is limited. We can control it.
Oh, you’re still wondering? It’s a WII.
[glancing furtively about]
a tv to play the games.