1. I did not state it was strictly for the purpose of capturing fireworks.Originally Posted by jsbn
2. They are obstinate, not to the point of not listening to my badgering, as you so vulgarly put it, but because they do not want to know more about the SLR system.
3. I appreciated all the insights to what my parents are thinking, and I understand their view much better now. I did not, and never have, regarded any of those advice giving my parents perspective, as a form of sacarsm.
4. I just asked for advice from people who went through this and can help me through it as well, not how to play mind games with my parents and blackmail them emotionally.
To those who derive me as ignorant: if I am so ignorant, I wouldn't even ask for advice. I would still be in an emotional, psychological stand-off with my parents, which I am not. We are getting along very well now, and I am showing them some of my photos which I shot with the P&S.
To those who told me their tale of how they went through their tough time, and how they saved up for their own camera, it really spurs me on. I'm encouraged by it and hope to be in your shoes someday. Thank you for sharing.