Linked to Claudia’s A Favorite Thing
The season of birthdays has begun. Soon my grandson will turn 14. I want him to have a wonderful birthday, but selecting gifts for him is very hard for me. It is extremely hard to choose something to please him. I really do not know anything he likes other than computer games…and I don’t want to go that route. Not food, not books, not clothing…nothing I can think of. He likes to swim…but his family can handle that.
Then I realized that his birthday falls on Arbor Day. AHA! I asked his parents if I could have them buy a tree for him to plant, a tree he’d learn to like over time, nothing fancy, just a nice tree that he could some day say “I planted that on my 14th birthday!” This idea pleases us all and I hope will please him too, if not immediately, in years to come.
Two weeks later will be my granddaughter’s 4th birthday. She’s a going concern in very different ways. Very active, very vocal, giggly and at times naughty too. It would be easy to give her any number of gifts. She’d adore new books, a new dress, even a visit! She’d love an activity together, like a trip to the park or a game of hopscotch. This week she had time for artwork, something she really loves. Her mommy sent some of her pictures to me and I love them to pieces. I guess they are not remarkable to anyone but me, but I miss the fact that I am not present to watch her progress on a daily or even a weekly basis. Again, that feeling creeps up on me that I will never know her as intimately as I would like.
I haven’t entirely solved the birthday gift for her, but I know it will be fun planning for it.
The two younger boys will have their birthdays in August and September. Plenty of time for thought. I hope to visit with them a bit before then to share some precious moments and learn a bit more about who they are becoming!