For The Someday Book

Repeated Regifting

Posted on: December 18, 2009

B’s latest game is playing presents. We have a box in the living room that contained presents shipped from relatives far away. All day, B has been putting various toys and household items inside, shutting the flaps, and presenting it to us as a new gift. “Open your present, Mommy! Open your present!”

So far, I have received his blue dump truck at least seven times, along with his rock-n-roll truck, an old license plate, a “pretty thing” (fancy bow), and his stuffed doggy.

The best part is the note. There is a post-it note from FedEx that always goes in the gift, and every time, B “reads” it to us.

Here are some remembered reconstructions of the note:

“Dear Mommy, Happy Birthday!”

“Happy Birthday to you…” (sung)

“Dear Daddy, I hope you have the best birthday.”

“Dear Mommy, here is your present. Happy Birthday!”

Truly the gift that keeps on giving, and giving, and giving.

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I am a full-time pastor in the United Church of Christ, mother of a young child (B.), married to an aspiring academic and curmudgeon (J.). I live by faith, intuition and intellect. I follow politics, football and the Boston Red Sox. I like to talk about progressive issues, theological concerns, church life, the impact of technology and media, pop culture and books.

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