When Tenley was in kindergarten, her school held a “Christmas store” where items were sold at prices very friendly to children. The kids created lists of who they wanted to buy for and when they went to the store, they could cover several family members with $10 (including gift wrapping). When I picked Tenley up from after school the day of her “shopping” trip, she couldn’t wait to share the gift she had bought me. (When my husband is anywhere around, we get lectures about how gift opening should be saved for the actual holiday, yada yada yada.) He’s the only family member who feels that way. Even he would have been won over by her enthusiasm that day. She was so proud to introduce the bluebird of happiness into my life, and was anxious to know whether or not I loved it (I did and I do). He lit on my desk and has been there for nine years:
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.