Monday, 22 February 2010

Sons and daughters and the gifts they give

My friend A has two children, a son of 11 (we’ll call him Alistair) and a daughter of 13 (Nellie).

A had a gathering of us over to her place for dinner on Friday night, and at the appropriate time made us coffee in a percolator that had been given to her for Christmas by Alistair, who had saved all his pocket money for months to buy his mother this special gift.

‘Aw, that’s so sweet!’ we all said. ‘What a thoughtful present!’

‘And what did Nellie give you?’ someone asked.

‘A bathroom scale.’

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