Cody plopped down on the couch with his usual buzzing energy. “You know what I know, Dad?”
“What?” I asked.
“You and Mom are the best parents.”
“That’s sweet. Thank you.”
“Yeah,” he continued, “You get us the best birthday presents….and Christmas presents.”
“Oh,” I said, “So if we didn’t get you any of those presents would we still be the best parents?”
He gave me a look like I was talking crazy, then he pondered it for a moment. “Well,” he said finally, “If that happened, you’d be just kind of in the middle.”
Quality parenting can, apparently, be purchased.