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“Now after all these years, the family tradition continues with my grandchildren. All my grandchildren can be sure that when grandma arrives, you get a gift, you get a gift, and you get a gift!”
My little boy was approaching his fifth birthday. I was planning his five year old birthday party and I was thinking of what birthday presents I would give him. I wasn’t rich by any means, but I was usually able to get him several birthday gifts, so between the gifts he received from me and from other family members, he always ended up with tons of great birthday gifts. Then it dawned on me that this year would be a little different. Different, because his little sister was beginning to understand a lot more about things like children’s birthdays and birthday presents. I realized that she would be disappointed to see her brother receiving lots of birthday presents and there she would sit with none. Well that bothered me. It bothered me to the point that what I decided to do was to buy her one “birthday” gift. Then on the day of my son’s birthday his little sister watched as he opened all his birthday presents. She was very well behaved, but as the last birthday gift was opened the disappointed look on her face was hard to miss.
That’s when I reached under the table and presented her with a lovely gift wrapped present. Her eyes grew wide and so did her smile as she tore the pretty Hello Kitty gift wrap from the box. She was thrilled with the pink hair My Little Pony and hugged it tightly and gave me a great big hug too. So that was the beginning of new family birthday tradition. Every year on each of my children’s birthday, the other child always received one “birthday” gift. My children came to believe that this was just the norm until they went to the birthday parties of friends and they did not receive a “birthday” present. Well, I can’t be responsible for everything! LOL! Now after all these years, the family tradition continues with my grandchildren. All my grandchildren can be sure that when grandma arrives, you get a gift, you get a gift, and you get a gift!