Craigslist is not only a great place to buy things cheap, it's also a snapshot of who we are as Americans.  We reveal ourselves by the words we choose when selling our old crap.

Here's a case in point: A trampoline for sale from a Dad who clearly is fed up with buying stuff for his unappreciative children.  

It’s a familiar drill for dads: kids beg and plea for a new toy they want -- then they're over it faster than it takes to assemble the damn thing.

Which is why this very recent ad from a disgruntled father on Craigslist [Boston] is something most dads can relate to.

“My Kids Suck: Skywalker Trampoline with Enclosure - 17X15 - $350 (Wellesley)

 They begged. Pleaded. Told me how they'd use it EVERY day. How our house would become THE place to hang out. We had a hot tub. And a basketball court. And a fire pit. And a hammock. But if we had THIS, well, we'd be rock stars. Plus since I "messed up their lives" by moving them here in middle school, I owed them at least this much. God, dad.


PHOTO: Craigslist

So I caved. And I bought it. And I built it. And that first night they jumped. Then I watched from my window as the summer turned to fall and the fall turned to winter and the flurries came down and the snowmen went up and the rain came down and the flowers came up and spring turned to summer and I watched even still from the window, waiting, just waiting, for someone, anyone, to use that damn trampoline even once more. Oh please, please, just once.

My kids suck.

So after two years of sitting in my window staring out like a creepy old neighbor, I am selling it to make room for gardenias or tomato plants or a stockade jail to house three grumpy teenagers.

Haven't decided yet.”

Check out this brilliant ad right here.

Dad, how many times have you been burned by your kids on expensive toys?