I am totally in agreement with the parent encountering the 16 year old who
says "Hey, buy me a car," while the child has no intention of helping with
payments, insurance, upkeep, or gas. I don't think that every kid deserves
an MG (nor does every adult).
However, I think there is an aspect of child responsibility to be
considered. Yes, my parents bought me the MG. However, I _did_ earn it --
by getting my BA degree in 2.5 years, rather than 4, 5, or the increasingly
popular 6 year graduation plan. I pay for all the upkeep and parts, and I
do the mechanical work. If I had a car which I abhored, I would let it
rust, the oil would not get changed, and it would be a waste of money.
No one should expect their parents (or anyone else) to buy them any type of
car -- especially not one which would then require further (and constant)
maintenance and upkeep. I was merely pointing out that there are often
several sides to the situation, rather than merely age and practicality.
'77 MG Midget
O generation of the thoroughly smug
and thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,
I have seen them with untidy families,
I have seen their smiles full of teeth
and heard ungainly laughter.
And I am happier than you are,
And they are happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
and do not even own clothing.