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The sad thing is…

October 21st, 2013 · 27 comments

Cristina in California had to smile when she saw the thank-you note her son composed to his friends. How’s that for subtlety?

Dear Conner, Dylan, and Ethan, Thank you for the spiderman legos. I wish I had a Wii too but the sad thing is I don't have one. Your buddy, Chase

And before you start in on “kids today” — I found a thank-you note my own father wrote to his grandparents circa 1958. Check out the P.S. on the back!

PS Thank you for sending Santa Claus money to bring me things for Christmas. Forgot these things: Space station, Drum Set, and Para-Jet. Love Tommy

related: (It’s my first fang.)

FILED UNDER: birthday · Christmas · kids

27 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Sarah

    The really sad thing about this is that the spiderman legos probably cost more than a Wii.

    Oct 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm   rating: 55  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      OMG this. I love Legos, and when the nephew got old enough to know that Legos aren’t food, I wanted to introduce him to the glories of construction. I envisoned buying the big bucket o’ parts, and spending Christmas morning on the floor with him making Lego tanks to knock down Lego fortresses.

      Then I saw the prices. And I bought one tiny, tiny box set.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 7:12 am   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   H for Toy

      Do you know how hard I’m kicking myself for getting rid of the huge Lego collection I had as a kid? Really, really hard.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 8:50 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   KHandcock

      When I had my son, my parents revealed that they had kept ALL of our LEGO and Playmobil from when we are kids. I’ve never been so excited about a toy in my life…

      Oct 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Raichu

      KHandcock, your parents sound awesome.

      Oct 23, 2013 at 6:15 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Charlotte

      My mother kept the legos my sister and I owned in the loft until my sister had children. (Although typically the new sets have some really cool stuff the old ones don’t, but at least we have loads of spare bricks!)

      Oct 23, 2013 at 11:28 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Bo

      You know why Legos are so expensive? Because 40 year old men still love them.

      Oct 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #2   SeeYouInTea

    I was also pissed when I didn’t get the ISS for Christmas the other year.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 12:12 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #3   Lythande

    I did this once. In the middle of the back of a thank you note for Christmas present (the middle back so hopefully my parents wouldn’t see it when they looked it over) I laid some heavy-handed hints that I could sure use a trapper keeper for school…

    Pretty sure my mother called me out on it despite my clever plan.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 2:29 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Tesselara

      Those trapper keepers sure break the bank, too. Was it Lisa Frank?

      Oct 22, 2013 at 7:12 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #4   Redheadwglasses

    I dunno… I just am rather pleased that a parent is having her young child write Ty notes for his bday gifts.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 5:03 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #5   The Elf

    Don’t you love the no-filter age of about 5-9? Old enough to articulate their thoughts, not old enough to really think those thoughts through. So brutally honest, so unintentionally funny.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 7:17 am   rating: 42  small thumbs up

  • #6   JThom

    Thought the kid was taking about a Spiderman Lego video game….since he said he doesn’t have a Wii. Totally hilarious though. Kid’s lack of “filters” are both amazing & humbling at the same time. Gotta love ‘em anyway.

    And yeah…writing “thank you” notes for bday gifts is hit-or-miss with kids today. Let alone remembering who gave them what anyway.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:59 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Janey

      I thought they were talking about the Wii Lego Spiderman game too.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   The Elf

      Well, that *would* make more sense….

      Oct 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   redheadwglasses

      When I first read it, I also assumed the kid got a wii game that he can’t actually play, but then none of the first commenters mentioned it, so I figured there IS no spider-man lego wii game.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Kupo

      There is – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. It’s got spider-man and a bunch of other Marvel characters.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #7   So

    Since when was Chase a name?

    Oct 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Seanette

      About twenty-five years, according to one of my nephews. :)

      Oct 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Allergies

      I have an 18 year old cousin named Chase and I worked at a daycare a couple years ago with at least one Chase.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   The Elf

      Because “Pursuit” doesn’t have quite the same ring.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Mindy Lee

      Chase is actually an Old English name. I had a great-great-great uncle named Chase.

      Oct 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   L

      I went to school with a Chase. I’m almost 21 so he’d be almost 22.

      Oct 24, 2013 at 1:13 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   Butterfly

    Chase is such a popular name. At least one chase in every classroom at my daughter’s school.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #9   Wench

    Dear (insert name of ungrateful child).

    So you weren’t happy with (insert list of gifts). Hope you can sleep with one eye open. Be seeing ya reeeeeal soon………

    Love from Santa Claws.

    (Note to parents: you can substitute the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc, as appropriate).

    Enjoy :-)

    Oct 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #10   Empressa

    I feel like the first one should have a “hint hint” at the end.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   MickeyButters

    Meh, notes from entitled little kids are not amusing.

    I would prefer not to see spoils children notes on this site.

    Oct 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up