I was the oldest child and my family never had a lot of money. However, as a child, I was completely unaware of that fact as my parents did everything they could to accommodate all of our wants and needs. I can’t imagine the personal sacrifice that they went through to make our childhood amazing. I know how much I stress out over Christmas for 3 children. It blows my mind as to how my parents did it with 8.
One of my strongest Christmas memories happened when I was about 10 years old. We were sitting in the living room opening up our presents and having a great morning. I was in my own little world and focusing on what was in my little present pile. I remember sitting in front of our blue velvet couch next to the fireplace as I opened up a gift that took me by surprise.
Inside of the red wrapped box was a silver radio with a tape player. My dad, who was sitting directly behind me on the couch, looked at me and said, “I remembered that a little girl mentioned that she wanted a radio.” I was stunned. I didn’t remember mentioning a radio. It was an expensive gift, but not my main gift. The only thought that was running through my mind was that my dad actually LISTENED to me and CARED about what I had to say.
Today, I couldn’t tell you what my main present was. I can’t tell you what any other presents were. I can’t tell you how old I was or anything about that day. However, I can remember that this was the day that I knew for a fact that my dad was interested in my wants and needs and took the time to remember.
I hope to be able to do that same thing with my children.