Sometimes Your 17-Year-Old Suggests The Best Gift Idea Ever
My son, Kid Zoom, turned 17 yesterday. I'd had no idea what to get him for his birthday, so last weekend I asked him what he'd like. His answer kind of blew me away, because what 17-year-old would ever say, "How about you give me a stack of books that you think it's absolutely essential for me to read"?
I swear I am not making that up. Kid has two English teachers for parents, so he was maybe doomed to be a hyperliterate nerd. OK, and his first thought was "how about a video game?" which I don't think was serious anyway. It may have helped that, the day before, I'd handed him a paperback copy of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried that I'd picked up at a yard sale, and he'd stayed up late reading it, so "Dad's recommended books" was already on his mind. Even so, I was touched -- not quite touched enough to overcome my usual habit of last-minute shopping, but I did at least put a little thought into the list of books I ended up getting him.
Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.