Dad always said: The best gifts in life are the ones you don't ask for...

Dad always said...
by C. Peter Chester

I recall, between the ages of 9 and 13, having a burning desire to own a video game system. All of my friends had them. In elementary school, things like owning a video game system were what determined ones social status. "Dad, can I have a Nintendo for my birthday?"

"The best gifts in life are the ones you don't ask for."

Well. What the hell is that supposed to mean? I want a Nintendo, and you get me a book. Do you think this is some kind of joke. My friends don't READ. What kind of thing is this to do to your own son? Depriving him of modern cultural necessities. I'll be video game illiterate by the time I get to Junior High School. Imagine how important it'll be then...

Thank God, or Dad, or what ever, I never got a video game system. I never became a fulltime video game junky. My friends did not come over to play video games. They came to play with me.

Apparently, wisdom is a process that gifts can inhibit.

Thanks mom. Thanks dad.

Love, Peter

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