Well, a little voice in my head told me to go look at the ksl classifieds. So I did. Lo and behold, right there at the top of the "saxophone" search was a silver alto saxophone for a great price. Hmm...maybe it's cause it's a piece of junk, but let's check it out. The next day we got a hold of the guy selling it. Corey went down to Provo today and played it, turns out it's a great horn, so he bought it. Corey called me on the phone sounding a little guilty - "Is it okay for us to get such a great deal on a saxophone? I mean this is perfect! This is a great horn! This is Ethan's saxophone..." I mean, we'd already gotten Ethan to promise that if we got him a silver saxophone it would count for his birthday present for the next 3 years! So we're getting an excellent deal as his parents too!
Corey came home, he was so excited, he said "Can I give it to him tonight?" I said let's try to wait - come on, Eth's birthday isn't til March. Corey said he won't be able to sleep tonight if he doesn't, plus he's loose work hours tomorrow in the music store fussing over it, buying polish for it and looking at cases and neck pieces. Best to just pass this on for now, so he brought it in. Ethan was in the kitchen asking me about something, I just pointed over to his father and said "Go over there" with a smile, Ethan went over, saw the sax, Corey started playing it, Ethan stared in disbelief. Then he started to protest in shock: "What? WHAT?!?!? I wasn't ready!!!"
(Love that little grin.)