Bait and Switch
Little Zach has an airplane obsession. All day, every day, planes, planes, planes. Imagine his excitement, when, during our Christmas party with all the mommies and daddies right there in my house, his dada pulls out this great book with several pages, in the very first volume, dedicated entirely to airplanes!!! "Mary, Mary, yook! Ah-panes! Momma, dada, ah-panes!" I mean, really! How thrilling is that??? So thrilling that he decides it would pay to investigate that particular shelf of reference books, hitherto completely ignored, a little further. Who knows what delights might await? He grabs another book, waves it under daddy's nose. "Read me dis one, dada! Dis book!" Dad takes a look, snorts his wine elegantly out his nose. "Maybe in a few years, sport", and hands it off to me. Quick like a bunny, dada grabs Volume A once more. "Hey, how about let's look at those airplanes again!!" I did mention that all the mommies and daddies were there, right?