First of all, I have to say that I failed to mention the laptop, cell phone and iPod on Katie's birthday list. I figured most people would assume they were there. She's nine, and my daughter and a modern girl, too.
And the only reason a pony isn't on the list is because we've been over that one a dozen times. The military won't move your horse.
One other item that was on her list was a light for reading at bedtime that clips onto her bed. Her brothers each got one for the feast of the Epiphany last January. She and Jenny were very disappointed that they did not also get one.
So I got her one, just like her brothers'. In fact it was so very like her brothers' that it even had a sticker on it with a St. Nick and words addressing it "To: Katie, From: The Three Kings." She and her sister had been misbehaving last January and I threatened them with one less Epiphany present if they did not straighten up. They didn't, so these lights have been shoved in the back of my closets (here and the one in Virginia) for 7 1/2 months.
She was happy with this one (not Silly Bandz squealing, just normal happy) and laughed when I pointed out the sticker. Jenny asked if that meant she was getting a light for her birthday next month.
"Put it on your list," I said.