Sometimes I feel more like Greg’s mother than his wife. And so it went today:
“I’ve been feeling impulsive lately,” Greg said. “I need to buy something on an impulse.”
“What do you want to buy Greg?” I asked, already knowing the answer.
“No, I’m not going to tell you,” Greg said.
“Come on, you can’t go out and spend a fortune without telling me,” I said.
“Well, I’ve been thinking more about what the meaning of life and what I should do with my life …”
“You want to buy a camera,” I said, cutting off Greg’s reverie.
“Yes,” Greg said, looking relieved, as though I had already given my approval to the camera idea.
Greg has aspirations to someday be a photographer, or to at least to take photographs as a hobby. He already has two cameras and several lenses, but now he NEEDS a digital SLR camera.
“Can’t the camera wait a little longer?” I asked. “You’ve been talking about getting the camera for a while, but it didn’t seem like you were in a rush before.”
“They’re having a sale,” Greg said. I could tell he had planned ahead of time to make his case.
“Are you sure that’s the reason you need the camera now?” I asked. “Are you sure it’s not because your brother just got a new camera? And since Mark has a camera, you have to have one too?”
“Maybe,” Greg said, a little sheepish. “That could have something to do with it.”
We haven’t yet decided on the camera. (Or maybe Greg has. Sometimes he likes to do these things without telling me. Just ask me about his iPod. Or his laptop computer.) While I support Greg’s photography dream, I’m a little skeptical. In the past year he has wanted to get a kayak, a canoe, a road bike, and a video game console. I have talked him out of all of these. The video game console is especially hard to fight given that he makes chips for video game consoles.
I worry Greg will tire of his hobbies, like the 8-year-old who makes his parents buy him a trumpet because he absolutely loves trumpets, but then quits playing three weeks later. Plus, if Greg really wants to succeed as the next canoeing, kayaking, video-gaming, photographing, Lance Armstrong, he’s going to have to retire. And his retirement sounds like it will be a full-time job.