Einstein's theory of relativity also applies when you buy a luxury car
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When my husband and I first bought a car from a prestige brand some years back, the salesman said to us, "Your parents will be very proud." His
remark took me by surprise, because I'd never associated buying a car with doing my mum and dad proud. But I later understood what he was driving at - that parents would take pride in their children's achievements,
including the purchase of a luxury car at a relatively young age.

Not everyone is driven by material pursuits, and the statement was probably part of a sales pitch, but it worked because we suddenly felt very happy about buying that car. The feel-good vibe might have lingered, because a few years later, we bought another car of the same brand, from the same salesman. The second time around, though, there was less of a buzz for us. I suppose we didn’t consider it as big a deal as it was before, having already done it once, and maybe also because we had become accustomed to the "luxury".

Everything is relative, I guess. This "theory of relativity" for shiny new cars can be applied to smiley new children, too.

I'm immensely proud when my daughter achieves any development milestone – crawling, walking, talking, self-feeding, potty-training etc, all the more so because I'm a first-time mother. My camera is always on standby to capture any such momentous occasion and I cannot wait to announce it to the whole world.

But I must confess that once my daughter has passed a particular life stage, I'm no longer fascinated by the same achievements in children younger than her. However, I'm still impressed by older kids who can do things that my daughter has yet to master, such as bathing themselves, writing their own name or riding on two wheels.

My daughter is now very adept at manoeuvring her pedal car (which she
refers to as a "convertible" because "it has no roof"), and if you ask her what ride she wants, she'll tell you she wants a "V8". Maybe she's just tired of pedal power, which can be hard on those little limbs… In any case, I would feel justifiably proud on the day that my daughter learns to drive a real car.

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This article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Torque.

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