Friday, May 13, 2011

Simple Gifts

In which Truffula gets excited over 5 scraps of paper... 
"'Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
'Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
Then we'll all live together and we'll all learn to say..."
The TruffulaBoyz love giving presents.  Any occasion will do for them, and with Mother's Day next in line, they began hinting around.  My 7-year-old was pleased as Punch to conspiratorially share his perfect gift idea with me.  Oh, my!  It's true: I have been coveting those for months.  But, I'm still working on convincing myself about the spendy purchase.  The Boyz and I then had a little chat about giving experiences versus giving things, after which my mind moved on to other topics.

Younger minds, however, stayed on track.  Sunday came, along with a plastic grocery bag lovingly presented in an 11-year-old fist.  There were two sets of items inside.  One was a batch of handwritten coupons, frugally lettered on scrap paper, for thoughtfully selected things to do or receive.  I am now the proud "owner" of:

  • help in the garden "for at most 1 (one) hour" - lol!
  • a hike on one of my favorite trails
  • a recorder lesson, to be given by me to the coupon creator
  • five tutoring sessions in Chinese, with checkboxes to mark off each session as it's redeemed(I've gotten so behind the Boyz in our language lessons, which concerns them greatly!)
  • a nature walk with the donor, to a destination of my choice.
Anyone verklempt yet?  Hold your (cloth) hankies for another moment, because it got even better!  One of the skills we've worked on is using our entire sheet of paper and then making a nice border for the contents.  This has, at times, met with resistance.  But, lo!  Each coupon was framed by a carefully drawn border, chosen to complement the words.  For example, the hike on my rocky trail got spiky "mountains", the tutoring was beautified with a ring of Chinese characters, and the nature walk coupon was graced by trees.

You're wondering about the remaining contents of the bag, I'm sure.  In there was... a pack of chewing gum.  Gum is among the Boyz' most precious commodities.  And, this wasn't any old bunch of sticks.  It was the special dessert-flavored variety they have newly discovered, and its procurement required a special mission to the store.  My practical son explained that if I had one stick per week, it would last me for 15 weeks!  Maybe I'll share a piece when he and I go hiking -- "losing" a week will be absolutely worth it.

A happy May to all! 


robbie said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

Green Bean said...

So cute!! Even kids get that experiential gifts mean more!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

You have the best stories!


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