On Wednesday morning just after morning prayers I asked JDaniel what he thought we should give dad for his birthday.
JDaniel: Well, you know how dad has that remote control monster truck in the closet that is broken.
Me: Yes, I know about that truck.
JDaniel: I think he needs a robot to have something to play with.
Me: Does Dad need a robot or do you want one?
JDaniel: Well, dad and I play together. He would share it with me.
Me: What kind of robot does Dad need?
JDaniel: He needs a panda robot like we saw at the store when we got Cruz’s birthday present.
Me: Doesn’t he need a new monster truck instead.
JDaniel: No, Dad really likes robots now and he would want that one.
Me: Why does he want the panda robot? Does he even like pandas?
JDaniel: I like pandas and I am a lot like Dad.
Me: So, you liked the panda robot you saw at the store and you want it to play with. Is that it?
JDaniel: No, this is what Dad wants. I know he does.
(Small feet scamper to ask Dad while he is still sleeping in bed.)
JDaniel: Dad, don’t you want a panda robot for your birthday?
Dad: What? Pandas aren’t robots.
JDaniel: For you birthdays don’t you want a robot!
Dad: (One eye opened) Son, right now I just want sleep!
JDaniel: Mom, I will ask him again later.
Me: (Ushering JDaniel out of the room and closing the door.) Yes, maybe later he will decide he wants the robot.
While a panda robot was on JDaniel’s list, pants and a shirt were on Dad’s list.
Happy Birthday Honey!