Marin: Omigosh! I didn't know there was a book on Bill Watterson!†
Father: I know.
Brother: Dude, you got her a book? That's pretty gutsy.
Marin: Yeah! You got me a book? Me?
Father: If you had known the book was out, I would have heard about it from you.‡
And that, my friends, sums up many, many aspects of my life, my personality and my relationship with my family.§
[SUMMARY: You're welcome.]
And happy holidays.
†FOOTNOTE (crossed): With the inscription, "Maybe you'll finally find out why Calvin & Hobbes disappeared." My father knows what troubles me.
‡FOOTNOTE (double-crossed): Don't tell, but I will actually completely clam up about something -- even hid its existence -- if I want to get it for somebody else for Christmas or birthday. Wouldn't it have been funny if I got that same book for Dad for Christmas?
§FOOTNOTE (swerved): Deep stuff, people. Fitting for end-of-year-end-of-decade rumination.