What do you give the child who has already cost you $12,000 this year? December 17 2009, 0 Comments

As I try to finish my Christmas shopping, my inner Grinch is raising its ugly head. And this green eyed monster is asking me one question: Why?

Why are you stressing about buying gifts for the child who has a pony? But yet I am consumed with thoughts such as: do I have enough? Will she notice that her brother has more gifts in his pile? Will that upset her? What else can I get her that won’t cost too much? Why is there no more room on my credit card?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

As far as I’m concerned, the fact that she has a pony should absolve me from any parental gift-giving for the rest of her and my natural life.

So here’s what I am reminding myself, in an attempt to be my own therapist:

The girl is very appreciate. Otherwise she wouldn’t have said pony.

Our “gifts” to the girl this year have already included:

$6,000 in room and board for a Connemara pony that has a better view of Vermont’s Green Mountains from her stall and paddock than I do in my own home.

$1,500 in lessons.

At least $1,000 in farrier and vet bills.

M ore than $3,000 spent on horse shows.

And I’m guessing a few random thousand here and there on horse related items that I have chosen to forget.

Not to mention the free room and board, pony boot camp and trailering provided by Auntie Kathleen in New Jersey over the summer.

I feel like I should close with a thanks to my own parents, who suffered these same indignities with not one, but two daughters.

Happy Holidays!