A conversation with a couple of pre-teen girls, A and B.
Me: What did you do yesterday?
Girl A: I literally sat home and cried all day.
A: Because my dad yelled at me.
Me: What happened?
B: She's mad because she didn't get a new iPhone.
A: Okay. So my dad was like hinting that I was going to get a new iPhone, and he kept saying stuff that made me think I was going to get it, and then we went to the Apple store, but when we got there he bought a new iPhone 6 FOR MY MOM.
B: I would be so mad.
Me: What kind of phone do you have now?
A: An iPhone 5s.
Me: What's wrong with it?
A: It works okay. But it's old. And it's white.
B: She wants the new iPhone 6 in Rose Gold.
A: Oh my God I love Rose Gold.
Me: But that's a really expensive phone.
A: But I only want the one with the 4.7 inch display. It's cheaper.
Me: Why didn't your dad buy it for you?
A: Because...I don't know. He didn't say anything, and he bought the phone for my mom, and then we just left, and I was like so sad and he got mad at me and he yelled at me. (pause) But it's not fair, because he totally got my hopes up. If he wasn't going to buy it, then he shouldn't have pretended like he was going to.
Me: That's a fair statement. What did he say that made you think you were going to get it?
A: He didn't really say anything. It was just...like, he was hinting.
B: HE WAS TOTALLY HINTING.
A: He was hinting and, like, thinking about it, I could tell.
Me: Does your older sister have the new iPhone 6?
Me: Do your friends have it?
A: Some of them do, but not in Rose Gold. Well one of them does, but she's not really my friend.
B: Oh my God. XXXXXX said her mom was going to buy her an Android!
B: And she said she freaked out, and her mom was like "It's okay to be different!"
A: If my dad bought me an Android, I would not take it to school.
B: I know. And she was like, 'But I don't want an Android...'
Me: Android phones are really good. I thought the Samsung phones are the best phones.
Me: So...then what did your dad say?
A: He said to stop complaining, and I was lucky to have an iPhone, because when he was my age he still had to talk on a phone that plugged into the wall, and if I didn't stop complaining then he would take my phone away.
B: Oh my God XXXXXXXX cracked the screen on her iPhone again and her parents took her phone away for a week.
A: So I went into my room and I cried all day. And then I made a YouTube video.
Me: Of what?
A: My new dance. In my class we're learning spins.
Me: Do you think your parents will buy it for you?
A: I hope so.
B: I think they will.
A: Oh my God I hope they will.
Me: Well if he does, you can give your old phone to me, because your iPhone is better than my phone. Actually it's probably worth more than my car.
Me: You weren't supposed to agree with that.
A: Oh sorry.