“What a wonderful gift”, I thought to myself as I finished reading the e-mail and prepared my response.
I was contacted today by a friend who was preparing a Christmas gift for her 12 year old son. She had written to me requesting that I be part of that gift, and here’s what she was looking for… Sue was in the process of writing to a number of men asking them to offer up a bit of “male wisdom” – a short letter, story, or anecdote, that would entertain, and hopefully inform the lad as he got older. Her intent, was to gather a good number of these short stories of wisdom, “nuggets” if you will, and bind them in a presentation fitting a boy entering his teens.
I prepared my portion of the gift, mailed it off, and sat there with a wonderful warmth in my heart, not over the gift itself, but the intent of the gift. This was mother who was not only talking the talk, but was walking the walk when it comes to parenting, to loving, to educating.
Quite simply, I was blown away!
I’m very much looking forward to hearing what the young man thinks of his Christmas gift, not this year, but in the future when he comes to appreciate the value of the thoughtful gift that was prepared for him by his parents. I’m sure it’ll be a bit of a wait, but well worth it I’m certain.