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The gift

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts about gift-giving in my last post.  I'm going to reply here with what we ended up doing.

After discussing it with J, we decied to let Sprout make a gift (a picture she drew, for which we got a frame) and then to offer a second gift from the rest of the family.  So, Sprout did her drawing, and we went to an art supply store to look for a frame. While we were there, Sprout saw a heart-shaped canvas. She grabbed it and exclaimed, "Oh, Mom! I know A would love this! Can we please buy it for her?  It's just like a heart and will show her I love her. Oh, please!" I agreed to the great idea and suggested we also buy some paints and brushes, so A would be sure to have something to make a masterpiece with.  Then Sprout picked out "the most hearted gift bag" to show A how much she loves her.  We put the framed picture and art supplies together and voilà.

I liked the idea of buying something Sprout could personalize, but in Egypt, things like that are not to be found just anywhere. With the short delay, we didn't have time to hunt something down.

And we don't know if A liked the present or not. It is the family's tradition to open the gifts after the guests have gone.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 4th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely solution--you guys are marvelous.

I thought the question was such a good one that I put it to the healing angel. His automatic answer was that Sprout should make the gift, and then he added, "and if her parents wanted to add something to it, they could." --He knew ^_^
Feb. 9th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
He did! Clever, sensitive soul.
Feb. 4th, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
Sounds like great gifts, and so sweet of Sprout, wanting to buy something extra because she found something she thought her friend would love.
Feb. 9th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
*nods* It was wonderful that she worked it out herself, so to speak, without us prompting her.
Feb. 8th, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Sprout enjoyed thinking of her friend as well as making for her, a best of both worlds, yes? :)
Feb. 9th, 2016 06:54 am (UTC)
Yes, it was so sweet because of the spontaneity and feeling behind it.
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