Greed-Day 11

I’m not an economist, but I’ve been to a toddler’s birthday party. A mountain of presents piled in front of a kid, high on cake. I’ve seen that gleam in the most compliant child when he realizes he can do whatever he wants. He’s the birthday boy.

“Get up. It’s my spot.”

“My turn to poke the pinata.”

“I want candy. NOW.”

“She was asking for it. She wouldn’t get off my swing.”

He’s had so many treats; he’s developed amnesia. He’s forgotten how to share. That’s when I know it’s time to go home.

I’ve had enough of birthday boy economics.

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About Elisabeth Crisp / @crisplyspoken

I write funny stories about serious subjects.

Posted on August 11, 2012, in Noxious Evils, Writers Write and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Gorgeous cake btw. I love your take on greed; the only time it appears acceptable and sometimes encouraged with comments like “‘oh it’s his birthday, leave him alone” from ‘helpful’ relatives. xx

  2. I don’t have any children of my own, but I have five younger brothers and I’ve definitely seen the birthday boy syndrome in action :) And, it really is a gorgeous cake!!

  3. And what’s with the thing where they hire some Disney character or clown or other ‘celebrity’ at big bucks.. I couldn’t believe the amount spent on a birthday party these days… and it’s all part of keeping up with all the peer pressure.

  4. I feel much better now that I know the spoiled little birthday boy/girl attitude drives someone else nuts too.

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