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Okay Screechers, what would you do?

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Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday. The party, which is not a big deal and is just family, is later today. He is seven.

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I got him a telescope. Not a good one. It’s worth about $20. I did not actually pay $20 for it. If I see something on sale or at the thrift store that I think is cool, I buy it and put it away until he is old enough to be interested in whatever it is.

Okay, I already gave him the telescope about a week ago. Because the guys were going on a little trip, and they were going to go camping, and it’s better to use telescopes out where you go camping, cause they don’t work as well in the city because of too much light. And during this trip they were going to visit an observatory. So telescopes were a big deal last week, and I asked his parents if he should get his gift early, and they said that was probably a good idea.

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His dad said he had one like this when he was that age. And my nephew seemed happy to get it. But later, they could not get it to work. And I don’t know if there is really something wrong with it or we’re just too dumb to make it work. But I can’t take it back to the store cause I bought it like two or three years ago during a clearance sale.

Okay, so today is the party, and my mom calls and asks if she should put my name on one of the other gifts?

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Why? I mean, I already got him a gift. I’m sorry that it didn’t work. I might consider that he’d need something else because it didn’t work. But, when all the neighborhood birds refused to nest in the birdhouse that I got for his sister, I didn’t go out and get her something else.

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But this isn’t even about that, this about how my mom thinks it looks that I show up to a birthday party without a gift.

I think no. I gave him something already. Everybody understood that he was getting his birthday gift a week early. You don’t say that it doesn’t count because now there’s a party and he needs something else because it’s a party.

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Doesn’t that send the kid the wrong message that if someone gives you an early birthday gift or Christmas present for a specific reason and then goes out and gets another present because there’s a party?

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