He gave me $10.
And I am fairly certain he re-gifted it to me.
We both have birthdays in September and his comes before mine. One of his friends got him a bag of candy and a card with two $5 bills.
On my birthday, my son’s card to me contained two $5 bills.
Of course I thanked him and gave him a big hug. Part of me felt guilty he gave me anything. So, we had a conversation.
“Thanks for the money, bud! I really appreciate it. You know you didn’t have to get me anything,” I said.
“I know, dad, but I wanted to give it to you.”
“Do you like giving?”
My son replied, “I like giving more than getting.”
Not too many years ago for one of my son’s birthdays, he asked his friends to bring diapers and supplies for a local shelter instead of giving him a gift. He took all the loot and we delivered it to the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center. I know the experience of delivering and meeting some of the women and children moved him deeply.
As dads, we do not always know if the lessons we teach sink in. But sometimes, when we open up an “Awkward Family Photos” birthday card, we know they do listen.
What lesson have you taught and been surprised by how/when your kid responded?