A Little Closer to Adult

For many years now I’ve relied on my father to help me with electronic purchases because I’ve never been able to afford them and he has. If you walked around my house almost every piece of electronic equipment we have has been given as a gift to me from my father. It’s been that way my whole life. I think the only things we had not purchased by him was our dvd player (those are so inexpensive these days), the iPod and our cell phones.

What has he gotten for me? My previous tv and the current tv (when the old one broke after 10 years), my camera, my lenses, my VCR (yes we still have one), my laptop and several other things that I can’t think of at the moment. If I needed something I would ask for it for my birthday or for Chanukah, that was how my life worked.

Then I realized I needed a new laptop because of all my photography work I needed one that would make it easier to work on the photos, not harder. I mentioned it to him, as I always have, and he had some ideas. He thought maybe he could give me their old one and some other suggestions. Suddenly it dawned on me, I don’t always need his help. I’m actually making money with my photography right now and I can put that towards a new laptop.

So without his advice or help we went to Best Buy and found just the right laptop. I bought this with my very own money, probably more money than I’ve ever spent on anything electronic, and I feel like I made a big step in the grown up world.

I’m nearly an adult I think, dammit, I really have to put a stop to this.


  1. Grant

    August 16, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I was struck by the fact that when I got my car, the credit application asked me to list contact information for my parents. I’m 41. At what point can I buy something like a big boy and not get my mommy’s permission first?

    1. Robin

      August 24, 2010 at 8:17 am

      @Grant, when you buy your grave.

  2. Amanda

    August 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve had 4 laptops, and my parents bought the first two, I bought the 3rd, and Mike bought the most recent one. Mike’s purchased most of my electronics (DVD, ipod, laptop, etc.). He spoils me, sometimes. I could use a new bedroom tv, though. He’s slacking.

    1. Robin

      August 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

      @Amanda, it’s good to have someone in your life in charge of getting you electronics. luckily it’s how my dad shows love.

  3. B

    August 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Nice! It sucks becoming an adult doesn’t it? 🙁

    1. Robin

      August 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

      @Avitable, why thanks.

  4. Shelli

    August 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Yay for you! That’s awesome and I’m glad that you bought something for your business. That’s going to go a long way in helping you feel it’s realness. Does that make sense?

    1. Robin

      August 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

      @Shelli, it sure does!

  5. subWOW

    August 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm


    Congratulations on the new laptop!

    You know, it is not going to stop him. I am 40. I earn US dollars. My parents have no savings and do not own any property. Whenever he talks to me on the phone, my dad asks me whether I need money. And I believe he still worries that I may get “kicked out the house” by my American husband and become homeless, even till this day…

  6. jen

    August 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    what kind did you get? does it work well for your photos?

    1. Robin

      August 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

      @jen, a Toshiba, it was recommended just for what I do.

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