So, U.S. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with it, the holiday shopping frenzy. Thank God for Amazon, is all I can say. Especially since I love to give books and music as presents. Yes, I'm that relative. You know, I can't help it—I was the kid who actually liked getting books as presents (and clothes, too).
There was only ever one toy that I was desperate to get (as in desperate in that Ralphie from A Christmas Story sort of way) and wouldn't you know it, that was the one I never got. I wanted the I Dream of Jeannie bottle house with doll. It was sooooo cool, you'd open it up and inside was Jeannie's bed and a small Jeannie doll and you could put her in the closet and pull the cork and she'd come flying out. No, I'm not as old as that might suggest—the toy was from the late seventies and as a latchkey kid, I watched a lot of television in the afternoons while doing homework. In those days of only three broadcast networks and a handful of local channels, my afternoon options were Mike Douglas, Phil Donohue, or reruns of fifties and sixties sitcoms. Lot of Dobie Gillis & Leave it to Beaver & Gilligan's Island for me. But my absolute favorite was Jeannie. And I. Wanted. That. Toy.
Have no idea why I never got it—maybe it was hard to come by, I don't know. Instead, Santa brought me the Barbie RV. Which was okay, but it wasn't Jeannie's bottle. Good thing I really enjoyed the books and music and clothes I was given.
What about y'all? Any gifts you really wanted but never got?