That other birthday gift given

Today was my son’s birthday. And I’m very pleased by way he reacted to the birthday present my wife and I gave him.

After dabbling a bit with stop motion movies and video puppet theater, we felt he would enjoy having a video camera of his own.  Nothing fancy, mind you, just something inexpensive enough that he could be a 9-year-old boy and not get into trouble if it broke, and yet nice enough that anything he filmed would look the way he intended it to.

We checked to see what you can get for under $100 at the various stores, and decided to go the route of ebay. After about two weeks to watching what was for sale and researching video cameras that were originally released 9 years earlier or which were blantant knock-offs (I’m looking at you, Sonyo), I found the perfect camera. It was actually the same camera our family has but one notch higher in model number.

It had all the criteria I was hoping for: price, accessories, ease of use, quality… I just wondered what condition it might be in.

Once I was convinced it was worth the risk, I made my purchase… won the item, and waited for it to be delivered. I knew I would be out of town for a few days, so I informed the seller and asked him to use USPS so that the package would be held during my mail stop.  The seller complied but USPS did not. They left the package on my doorstop (it rained for at least two days during my vacation), and I returned home to find a sun baked, water logged box which luckily no one had decided to steal.

I’m pleased to say, the item was well packed (in plastic) and proved to be in exceptional, like-new condition.

Today, 20 days later, I was finally able to share it with my son… and he LOVED it.  We bought him an inexpensive tri-pod and a Klutz book about video tricks, and he played … no, “played” isn’t the right word… he “showed his creativity” all day.

He made a stop motion with his mother where a stuffed animal ate some food. He and I used perspective to make a bit of “amateur news footage” of me fleeing from a toy dinosaur, and he just smiled from ear to ear all day long.

He must’ve thanked me… genuine, sincere “thank you”s … at least 8 times today.  It felt great to see him so happy.

As his birthday ends, my wife’s birthday begins and I can only hope that the gifts the children and I have for her will garner a similar reaction.

Contributed by: Scott Copperman


One Response to “That other birthday gift given”

  1. Tony Pucci says:

    Very nice to hear about a young man exploring his creativity! All the best to the future Spielberg…I hope he remembers to thank you when he accepts his Academy Award.

    Ah, my wife’s birthday is this weekend…thanks for reminding me!

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