• agirlandaboy

    I used to do the same thing to my parents (even wrapping their “gifts” in socks!) although I was usually giving them something of theirs rather than something of mine. Selfish generosity! Humble-brag!

  • aerocline

    As the mother of three lovely daughters, now all grown and flown, I am delighted by this little story, Heather. I hope you find opportunities to wear that fabulous ring every now and then for the rest of your life. Every time she sees it on your hand, she will be very, very happy.

  • aerocline

    As the mother of three lovely daughters, now all grown and flown, I am delighted by this little story, Heather. I hope you find opportunities to wear that fabulous ring every now and then for the rest of your life. Every time she sees it on your hand, she will be very, very happy.

  • The Dalai Mama

    Adorable! Thank you for the heads-up. I’m starting to get a taste of the awesomeness that is to come from my 5-year-old. My 3-year-old is working hard on introducing me to the dark ages (12-does it end EVER).

  • sadiejay1988

    I was one of the lucky ones, and the teen years were awesome! I just refused to take “attitude” seriously. It’s a passing phase that goes away and it’s not worth fighting about. I so enjoyed the time I spent with them, having “deep” discussions about the world around them. I really believe you have alot to look forward to with your girls!

  • Em

    That’s precious. It’s nice to hear that my toddler will grow into something lovely in a few years, because sometimes it hurts so much to think that she won’t be as she is now forever.

  • Tfer

    I had to make an account because I’ve been holding up the biggest “awwww” inside of me!! How sweet of her to apologize for her present not being “good enough”… what a sweetheart.

  • gladcow

    teenagers can make you breakfast in bed! it’s AWESOME!

    in fact, I just learned that by teaching my kids to make pancakes (something I rarely make) they will in turn MAKE THEM FOR ME as a surprise. hot damn and hell yes.

  • playrawkstar

    adorable!!!

  • rivetergirl

    This post made me wanna weep at my desk. My daughter is 11. I so know that joy they get from giving and the heartbreak of the realization that they just little kids. Lovely child your daughter is. Happy belated birthday.

  • tracy

    Knowing how hyper-sensitive & amazingly sweet my (barely) three year old is, I can see this exact scene in my future. And I look forward to that FAR more than I look forward to her teenage years. Agreed: best be kept in the dark on that one…..

  • pingersgal

    My husband recently retired from the US Navy after 20 years. As was often the case, he missed MANY MANY holidays, Christmas being the main one. One year, when our two youngest were about 5 and 8, they went around their rooms, finding things they thought I’d love. They wrapped them up, and put them under the tree. As I opened each one (toys, crayons, etc) they explained ‘Daddy isn’t here to shop for you again this year, so we got presents for you’. I am crying as I write this. These were by far the BEST Christmas presents I have ever received. Kids hearts are so pure at that age!……
    And now they are teens, and I shall not tell you about it! lolol…

  • luv and kiwi

    Heather…

    That totally warmed my heart.

  • juliemewood

    Awww! Darling!

  • juliemewood

    oh and Happy Birthday!! Much love to you!

  • Amy J.

    Isn’t if the best…absolutely the best part of parenting.

    My husband’s birthday and father’s day are close to each other. My six year old spent days making his gifts. On father’s day she couldn’t wait any longer and brought in a huge gift bag with Hello Kitty on it. Inside were about 20 pieces of construction paper with various crayon drawings on them. One was of him and her surrounded by birthday decorations, another was a picture she’d drawn of them watching old movies…there was one just covered in hearts (to show her love for him) and then among the dozen or so others was just a red piece of paper with a white stripe across the top in crayon. When we we asked her what this was supposed to be she said, “It’s a piece of red velvet cake…it’s your favorite.” : ) That one was his favorite.

  • waitimaprincess

    How sweet. I love the things they find to recycle as gifts. My younger daughter gave me a sandwich bag filled with broken crayons. The other gave me a paper cup full of change she’d found around the house. Rode the bus w/out using my farecard for three days straight she’d found so many damn quarters. But the crayon giver thought she’d been outdone. Shid. Wanna color?

  • momof8

    Awwwwwww, don’t they just melt your heart? So I know you’ll understand that when you see me wearing a a plastic gold mardi gras necklace that it is my favorite necklace ever. The one my son picked when he won at bingo at school. To bring home to his mom. And ya know what, Heather? Teenagers are mostly awesome too. :)

  • Moxie-Dude

    My kids are past that age but I have a jewellery box full of “gifts” from them. More than gifts, they’re treasures! Enjoy! They grow up sooooo fast!!!

  • Mama to Henry

    Thank you for sharing such a heart-warming story. I have a feeling that ring just might be the “Something old” Leta might get passed back to her on her Wedding Day to tie under her dress as a momento.

  • CathyJean

    What a sweet story :) It brought back memories of me buying my first gift ever (with my dad’s money), and it was for my mother’s birthday. I bought her a new toilet brush and I was so excited to see her open it! It’s not a surprise that I’ve grown into a very practical woman, he he :)

  • Anu

    Oh precious little Leta, I just love her!

  • MelissaJ

    oh that girl…oh so sweet and generous. i hope you show her the special place in that jewelry box for that ring she gave you!

    Happy Birthday!

  • WindyLou

    Kid presents are THE BEST.

    Last year for Christmas my stepdaughter wanted to get me a toilet to put flowers in (since my husband tries so hard to keep my trailer park trash roots hidden, he wouldn’t let me bring home a real toilet to use as a lawn planter.) She searched and searched for months online. Finally she found the perfect, vintage toilet for $40. It was her entire budget, so my husband looked at the listing and they bought it.

    We had to show her the stonehenge clip from Spinal Tap to explain why we were laughing so hard, and why she shouldn’t cry over the vintage DOLLHOUSE toilet she spent all her money on. It sits front and center in one of our display cases, and it is one of the dearest gifts I have ever received.

    And now she knows to check dimensions…

  • megnstuff

    As a SAHM of a 5yo,3yo and 11month old who just had a LONG day I had to write a comment to say that this post gave me hope and made me cry. Thank you.

  • anya

    Happy belated birthday! I’ll miss the point a little and thank you for saying that the future is awesome. My 3 year old son is potty training and entering the shitty threes, and my 5 month old doesn’t let me sleep for more than 2 hours at a time. I needed to hear there’s a light at the end of this freaking tunnel.
    Leta is adorable!

  • Amy K

    My 2 year old isn’t up for giving presents yet. However, if I get an boo boo she will come and kiss it better :)

  • barbara

    Leta is so sweet!

    I remember when my sister and I were around her age, my Dad was buying an old car off my Grandpa. My Grandpa tricked us by saying the car cost a dollar and if we had the money we could buy it for him as a gift. We got some of our allowance and “bought” my Dad the car. I’ll never forget how excited we were to tell him, just like Leta was when she gave you her present.

  • Plano Mom

    Exactly why I have a seven-year-old pack of half used gum in my treasure box. And as for teenagers, I tell people you just have to get through a short little time where you don’t like them very much.

  • slappyintheface

    Oh I remember those days, but I am the mother of teenagers … so I will stop typing now. muahahahaha

  • Natty

    That is the kind of moment that is so sweet it makes your heart hurt. It reminds me of the Bill Collins poem The Lanyard – have you ever read it? One of my favorites: http://www.billy-collins.com/2005/06/the_lanyard.html

  • Absent Minded Housewife

    As a parent of teenaged sons, something that will not be living in your house, I think I can hedge my bets and tell you that they can indeed wake up on their own late in the day, fix their own cereal, be reminded to brush their teeth and after the tooth brushing, take a really really really really long shower without managing to wash more than one body part.

    My six year old son gave me a plastic ring with glittery lip balm in it as a present. The little girl down the street gave it to him because she wanted him to be her boyfriend. He’s not progressed to long showers yet.

    Happy birthday!

  • tiffanyincali

    I loved reading this.
    My daughter’s third grade class made origami necklaces for Mother’s Day. I wore it once, and knew that it wouldn’t hold up to another day at the office. It has hung from my rear view mirror ever since. I can still the pride in her face when one of her friends gets in the car and asks “Is that the necklace we made in Mrs. Rogers’ class?”
    She’s in high school now, and gifts are more store-bought, but I will always treasure the homemade and re-gifted goodies.
    So Sweet.

  • sweetpotatopie

    Oh how I love this post; it totally made my day. What a great kiddo! Happy Birthday.

  • htownjenny

    This post resonated deeply with me. My oldest turned 10 today and I’m recalling the early days with him when it was SO hard, and now things are so different and so fun (even though I’m parenting 3 now, which presents its own challenges).

    It made me think: wouldn’t it be great if we had a “It Gets Better” campaign for overwhelmed and/or depressed new moms? Seems to me like dooce.com is one big testimony to the fact that it does get better, which I so appreciate. As of today, I’ve realized that I want my blog to do that, too. It would have meant so much if someone had done that for me.

    Jenny Staff Johnson
    http://www.axisofbeebles.blogspot.com

  • akhowell

    I was in a restroom stall at Costco today, and overheard a mom changing her son on the fold down changing table. As she apparently took off his diaper I heard her exclaim, “Oh, Tyler, GROSS! This is gross!” Tyler replied, “I sowwy!” Made quite a few of us in the stalls say “Awwww!” Tyler’s mom was quick to apologize and love on her baby.

  • AliceAng

    Very Sweet. I’m impressed Leta can brush her own teeth. My 7 yr old Jake doesn’t yet, but this could be because I’m a control freak. Congrats on your birthday and your lovely little family.