In anticipation of going out of town, my husband took the girls shopping a few weeks before Mother’s Day to pick out presents for me.
My husband bought me new grill tools. We had recently joked about how grill accessories were a traditional fathers day gift but I am the grill master at our house and I really needed new ones. Score #1 for him!
The girls walked past an aisle and saw teapots. They insisted on buying one for me. At first, my husband thought it was a classic case of wanting to buy the first thing they saw. But they explained to him that I had been wanting a teapot lately and that we had looked at them together recently. They went into detail about poetry teatime and how a teapot was necessary. Daddy let them pick one out and crossed his fingers that I really did want one. They were right!! Score #2!
They picked out a beautiful, shiny teapot that I LOVE. However, my heart was bursting for a different reason. The gift of a man who listens, really listens, to small children when they talk to him. It would have been easy for him to brush them off, afterall, I had never mentioned wanting a teapot to him. Those were conversations I only had with the girls. But he didn’t brush them off. He listened to them as explained why and for what I wanted a teapot. He didn’t ruin the surprise by texting me and asking me if I really wanted one. He knew that nobody spends as much time with me as those girls and if anyone knew most what I had been looking for, it would be them. He values them and knows their worth and THAT is the best present of all.
Naturally, we had our first poetry teatime on Mother’s Day and it was magical!! We try to do it once a week but the girls ask for it 3-4 times a week. Poetry teatime is everyone’s favorite!