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Can you cut out strange birthday gift requests from kids?

"I WANT a chainsaw for my birthday" is a statement you don't expect to hear very often.

Especially when it comes from the mouth of an 11-year-old boy.

So when my son uttered those words out of the blue I honestly didn't know what to think.

'Why' was the first thing that came to mind.

Then I wondered what he planned to do with it?

I did ask him the question but all I got was a shoulder shrug followed by the comment, "I don't know, lots of things."

You never know when a present can have a lasting effect.

I remember getting a typewriter for my ninth birthday.

It was a gift from my grandparents and was one of my most treasured possessions.

I typed and typed to my heart's content, never even dreaming one day I would have a career where I would be yet again typing away to my heart's content.

I certainly never wanted anything like a chainsaw, so I wondered if it was a male thing.

Harry Bruce Supermum August 7, 2014
Harry Bruce Supermum August 7, 2014

I asked the new boyfriend if he had ever asked for something along the same line.

He remembered asking his dad for a Swiss Army knife, and got the same type of concerned parent questioning.

Why did he need a knife?

At least he had a good answer.

He had been watching MacGyver.

The Swiss Army knife wish was granted and was put to good use over the years.

Thinking of the MacGyver connection got me wondering if there was similar inspiration for my son wanting a chainsaw.

Had he been watching a movie or TV show, or even played a computer game and got inspired?

I had visions of him watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre while I wasn't looking so I casually put the question out there.

Do you use chainsaws in Minecraft? No.

Have you seen any movies where they use chainsaws?

No.

Why do you want a chainsaw?

I don't know, I just do.

I'm grateful there is still six months to go before the birthday date in question, as I am sure the wish list will change many times between then and now.

In the meantime, I might rethink some of the things I say to my son when he is being noisy.

No more telling him to 'cut it out', that's for sure.

Topics:  chainsaw, supermum




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