Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Gift of an Experience

Everyone loves to receive a gift, whether it is beautifully wrapped or in a paper bag. Jonathan received some wonderful, fun gifts for his birthday, and he is enjoying playing with them.

There is another type of gift that is a joy to receive and also to give, and that is the gift of an experience. At times this involves no money, just a gift of time or talent. Sometimes the experience requires cash. Either way, the recipient of the gift gets something special, whether it's getting to do something out of the ordinary or spending time with someone special. Memories are made, and they last a lifetime!

Jonathan received two such gifts for his birthday, both from the extraordinary preschool teachers he had this past school year. Even at his young age, he will always remember these special ladies. Mrs. McDaniel gave a gift of her time to make his birthday memorable by being a science professor at his party. What a fun time we all had, thanks in large part to her willingness to do this.
His other teacher, Mrs. Brenda, gave him the gift of painting at Color Me Mine. He loves doing this and it is something we rarely do. He was very excited to get to paint the snake he's been wanting! (Yes, a snake, he's a boy after all.) This was followed by a trip to the movies to see "Mr. Popper's Penguins". What a fun day, one he will always remember!

Most of us, child or adult, have all the "things" we need. I do feel toys are very important to children, they need them to fuel their imaginations and allow them to be kids. However, giving someone the gift of an experience lasts a lifetime.Whether a movie or concert, fishing or taking a trip, time spent reading or doing crafts with a child, paying for lessons or a camp, helping a friend with gardening or housework, such is the stuff memories are made of, for both the giver and the receiver. That is the type of gift that doesn't gather dust on a shelf!

Enter today to win a copy of  "Where Women Cook"! Winner announced tomorrow! See my post on Mon. Aug 1st for details!

1 comment:

Brenda said...

THANK YOU for your very thoughtful
comments, it truly means so much to me. I had SO MUCH FUN with both you
and Jonathan. The day was truly a
memorable one and a blessing for me this summer!! The picture of Jonathan and his snake is awesome...I
can't wait to see the finished product in person! I am looking very forward to our next "adventure"!