Consider this. Kids can be such insistent pests when they want something. My daughter Sam had been pestering me for an iPod for months. She wanted an iPod video; I bought her the less expensive iPod Nano. She said, “But you can afford the iPod video!” True. And, based on the resentment in her voice, she probably thought I was being selfish. And maybe I was being selfish. But not selfish-selfish.
If her father and I bought them everything they wanted, everything we can afford right now, we wouldn’t be able to save anything. In twenty, twenty-five years, we would be of retirement age but without substantial savings. What would happen then? What if we got ill? Are we going to rely on our daughters for everything we need? I kinda think that’s imposing an obligation upon them which, in the natural order of things, shouldn’t be theirs. It is the obligation of parents to provide for the children’s needs (as opposed to caprices), not the other way around. When they have kids of their own, then it is their kids that they will have to provide for.
See, it is precisely because we are being unselfish enough not to want them to be burdened in our old age that we have to practice restraint right now. We want them to be able to live their lives freely without being tied down with the financial obligation of taking care of us. If that is selfish, well, it’s for an unselfish long-term goal.
Of course, that’s all in the past now. The moment she had her iPod Nano in her hands, they’ve been inseparable. She’d have her gadgets for lunch if she could. :razz: Kidding. But she’s happy with what she’s got. :) The photos were taken yesterday while we were waiting for my in-laws for lunch. We take great photos when there’s not much else to do hehehe