Wednesday, May 16, 2012


So in May of 1996, my parents asked me what I wanted for my 13th birthday.  Okay, so maybe they didn't ask, but I was sure telling them what I wanted for my birthday.  The only thing I wanted for my birthday was a giant trampoline.  A giant trampoline was so cool.  I knew a few people that had them and then every time we went into Sam's Club there was one hanging from the ceiling calling to me: Michelle, I am so much fun; insistently ask you parents for me.

My 13th birthday came and no giant trampoline or anything else.  Since I gave no other suggestions for birthday presents and they were not going to buy me the giant trampoline, I got nothing.  On top of that disappointment, my mom and sister were actually out-of-town fro my birthday at my cousin's wedding in North Dakota.   I did end up getting socks and a lava lamp once my mom and sister returned from the wedding, but it was a still a hard lesson.

Move forward to 2012.  My brother and his family live with my parents and my mom decides to get my niece and nephew a combined birthday present of .....

a giant trampoline.

Mom says she bought it because she wants the kids to get outside and exercise instead of playing video games.  She also says that they are so much safer now then in 1996 (and she is right on that point...there were no cage-like sides in 1996).

Still, I am a bit miffed.

D sure seems to love it and so does my dad and nephew.

My birthday is one week away.  It is my last twenties birthday and I am not sure what to ask for but I definitely won't be asking for a giant trampoline.


  1. Michelle: We have a giant trampoline. Feel free to come over anytime and bounce. I know it's not the same as having one when you where a kid, but even as an adult they are pretty darn fun!! Laura Turner

  2. "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats forever." Or, in your case, give a girl a pair of socks instead of a dream trampoline, and she learns to knit her own socks! And they're BETTER than your crappy old store-bought socks! So THERE. (And also did not break arms, legs or neck on a trampoline with no safety net.) ;)

  3. My parents would not get me a Light Bright when I was little because my mom was afraid I would put the pieces in my mouth and choke on them. When I was in my early teens she brought an old one home from her kindergarten class for me. It had lost its appeal by that point.