His gifts are unpredictable. The girls have learned this. And so they anticipate his gifts anxiously, with giggles and caution.
There was the cake made of flowers and the Kindle. There was the giant rubber snake that was hiding in his coat while she opened the empty box and then screaming and laughing and relief followed. There were the plates and cups and silverware–a much loved gift even for the 4 and 6 year-old because it reminded them of the stories he weaves, the one about the princess who didn’t get the dresses she wanted but instead got things she could share with others. There was the remote control tarantula that jumped out of the box. .
They are children and they love all gifts. But their dad, he’s taught them silently that giving is about the thinking and the fun, not the actual item in the box.