Shopping for Mom has proven to be difficult. As she's now in her late sixties she's grown less fond of material items and is now constantly giving me the 'oh I don't need anything' when I ask her what she wants for her upcoming birthday.
Usually I purchase things for her garden, but now that there's less lawn than plowed dirt and space is limited. I've pretty much stocked her DVD collection with BBC murder mystery series and Jane Austen films. I'm truly running out of gift ideas to where mom just asks for dinner and drinks.
I think this year I may do something different and get her some music. This can be difficult also as her tastes vary from classical to oldies to obscure opera, but as the sampling below can indicate it will annoy my father to no end. Much like the birthday when I bought her 'Richard Simmons Sweating to the Oldies, The Complete Set', I doubt my dad will be at all happy with this purchase. That my friends is the greatest gift of all.
"When I was told that Elvis Presley wanted to come to my dressing room to say "hi," I thought, "What would Elvis be doing watching my show?" Sure enough, he came back with his whole entourage and the first thing he said was that he enjoyed my singing. For about a half hour, he told me his life story, sort of rambling on; he seemed so lonely. When he was through, he snapped his fingers and he and his entourage left. He seemed like a very lonely man; he just wanted to talk." - Teresa Brewer