Love the snake

March 30, 2012 in dads and daugthers,Five Minute Friday

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. .

The grin tells you how delightful this snake was.

When I give gifts, I am so ordinary. “What do you want?” I ask and then I try to fulfill. And if the gift is out of reach, I ask again or I observe and I find the things they forgotten they eye for every time they go to the store. There is not less love in my gifts and the girls know this but still. I am grateful for the lessons my husband’s gifts teach.

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.

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HopeUnbroken March 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

i love this! what a treasure–in both kinds of gifts, yes? and i love the name of your blog. very cute, and oh, so appropriate.


Tim and Richelle March 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

i’m so glad I popped over here from 5 minute friday! i have to say the title of your post “love the snake” really caught my eye! i detest snakes… my oldest girl loves them, seriously… and sometimes that terrifies me because we have some really nasty snakes in our neck of the woods. if her daddy pulled something like your husband, she would’ve squealed in delight!

i love the lessons your husband is teaching your girls! what a treasure to have a daddy so involved and what an amazing esson to learn at such a young age.

beautiful post – thanks for sharing!


Kim March 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

My husband has always been the lighthearted one in our marriage, too. He was the one who helped me lighten my grip on what didn’t need to be so serious, and makes the girls and me laugh so much.

I was so envious of him for so long until I realized that was his gift to share with the girls and the world, and mine were just as special, but just different.

Thanks for the window into your little girls lives. I could hear the giggles and the screams of fear, delight and relief!


thisgalsjourney March 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

How fun!! I, too, feel like my creativity in regards to gifts for my kids waning. I think it’s fatigue! Ha!!!


Positively Alene March 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Oh I love this! What a fun dad and what great lessons. Perfect girl, perfect.


redemptionsbeauty March 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I can relate to this. I used to be creative in gift giving, until they grew up and started having opinions. But what a gift your husband is, to give laughter and joy – more valuable than anything wrapped up in a box. Lovely!


Sylvia R March 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Fun dad! And I love the story theme he wove. His clever ideas encourage me to lighten up with the gift fretting and just have fun with it. Thanks for passing on your husband’s “silent lesson that giving is about the thinking and the fun, not the actual item in the box.” (But I still don’t like snakes and tarantulas! 😉


Kerri S March 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I love this!! how fun and just the way children laugh and love the unexpected is also such a gift!!


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