Our kids teach us so much - and here's a fabulous reminder of that:
It was my birthday yesterday. The kind of birthday that doesn't really matter. It was not exactly a land mark age (unless you agree with my daughter that being closer to fifty than forty is landmark enough), plus many things to do and see as part of my church, my kids arrived for their summer with me... all good stuff, whether it was my birthday or not.
I don't always remember to celebrate other peoples birthdays, which is perhaps why it is not a big deal for mine. My parents sent some money to spend on myself, which I'll really enjoy doing. But this year will always be remembered for the present I got from my Austin.
For years now, Austin has wanted to build a city to some sort of scale. We've made an airport out of paper, we've also mapped a downtown area on photoshop, and we've built clay creatures to move around. And these are just some of the things we've done.
Each time we try a new city, I say that we should buy a train set, and then we can use the modes from that scale to build the city. I always think that's a great idea, and Austin always tell's me I just don't get what he's trying to do.
And there are many things of my Asperges son that I don't get. It doesn't mean I don't try. But effort does not mean too much in his world. It's right or wrong, and I get a lot of stuff wrong.
So when Austin spends a lot of his money on my present, which I discover is a boxed train set - with real steam and lights - my heart is crushed into a million loved pieces. There is absolutely no response worthy of this gift.
So... thank you Austin. And this afternoon, we shall play!!!