Gifts from my daughter

Me and the Popple

I gave my daughter the gift of life. She, in turn, gives me a crumb.

At least I think it’s a crumb. It might be a fuzz, or a bit of a leaf. In any case, she found it on the carpet.

I really should vaccuum more.

“Ooh, for me? Thank you!” I say brightly. She stares at me, waiting to see what I’ll do with it. I smile down at the crumb in my hand until I feel like I’d given it sufficient attention, then put it back on the carpet.

My daughter bends down, picks it up, and places it in my hand again.

“Thank you!” I say again. Okay, now what? I close my hand over the crumb and place it over my heart, then place my other hand on top of it and rock from side to side – our symbol for hugs.

“Hugs,” I say. My daughter loves hugging things. Maybe I’m meant to hug this crumb to show her how much I appreciate it.

Blank stare.

“Yes, hugs!” I say louder, but she isn’t having it. She grabs my hand and opens it, extracting the crumb and holding it between her thumb and forefinger.

“What should we do with it?” I ask.

She opens her mouth.

“No no no no no,” I say as I grab the crumb. “That’s dirty. It doesn’t go in our mouth.”

She gives me a confused look and grabs for the crumb again.

“Not for the mouth,” I say firmly.

She smiles and tries to grab my tongue.

“Naaughoarudgh,” I mumble, as she runs her fingers over my teeth. She is the dentist and I am the patient.

Oh God, am I ever patient.

Maybe this is her real gift to me – teaching me how to just take these as they come. A crumb. Tiny fingers in my mouth. The nursery lurgy that I inevitably catch after the hand-in-mouth incident. That’s the wonder of motherhood – you never know what’s going to come next.

She removes her hand from my mouth and pokes me in the eye with a wet finger.

“Thank you!” I say, and I almost mean it.

Cuddle Fairy
Diary of an imperfect mum

26 Replies to “Gifts from my daughter”

  1. Aw so adorable. A child is a gift. 🙂 #TribalLove

  2. Anything from our child is a present. She is such a cutie. #BloggerClubUK

    1. and #StayClassyMama. Off to share it on twitter now xxx

  3. Ah! The gifts that just keep on giving! I was recently handed a dead fly. I’m just so glad it didn’t get consumed. There’s no point in cleaning more. No matter how clean the house, the little darlings will always find the solitary crumb! #BloggerClubUK

  4. My most recent gifts from our youngest, Boo include fingers up my nose and her tongue in my mouth! Cheeky little monkeys xx

  5. That is so gorgeous. Noooo don’t eat the crumb! I get given invisible presents and I’m shot down in flames if I don’t react the right way 😉

  6. Love it! Adore that picture haha. I love reading about the Popple, she makes me laugh so much. I don’t really get gifts yet other than food being spat out, lucky me. TM’s favourite thing to do now that he can pull himself up is to stand dribbling on my knee. For ages. I am baffled as to how this is the most exciting thing to do but hey ho. #BloggerClubUK

  7. Oh yes, those little gifts that they give you – the crumbs from the floor and fingers poked in your eye. Love the way you have written about it – so funny. We’ve had many moments like this! 🙂 #triballove

  8. This made me smile. I miss those moments! Now I just get half eaten things from my little man. Or hewing gum! Yuk!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely post with #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  9. Aww this is totally adorable and I love the learning process of your daughter wanting to give you a gift – I know you jest and it is funny but also truly beautiful for what it actually really means – hope your eye is ok! #ablogginggoodtime

  10. Aww this is so lovely, my kids give me all sorts – usually regurgitated food!! #stayclassymama

  11. Brilliant! My little girl was obsessed with handing bits off the floor to any guest that arrived after I’d spent all morning cleaning the floor! Then comes the ritual I have hoovered before you come I promise! Kids, I love them #ablogginggoodtime

  12. Haha brilliant – this is where we are too…she finds the tiniest crumbs and specks on the floor that I hadn’t noticed. I love the confused look on their faces too when you tell them it’s not for eating 😉 #bloggerclubuk

  13. This sounds like a story from my day to day life! I’m the only thing in our house that doesn’t get a hug! That includes items such as her dirty nappies! I should probably vacuum more often too… Lucy xx #Triballove xx

  14. Ha ha ha. R’s “friend” gave me 10+ individual dandelion heads today, thankfully not sentimental as they all ended up on the floor, when I handed them to my son to look at the friend got upset and took it back! Floor = fine : other child = no no no! R did eat a dandelion though! Joys of being a mum!! #ablogginggoodtime

  15. EVery moment with them is a gift! #stayclassymama

  16. I’ve heard it said that you should never turn away a gift from a child, no matter what it is, because they are probably giving you all they have. Lovely post #bloggingoodtime

  17. Aw that’s really lovely and so very true. It is the little things. It does sum up a lot of our days! #bloggerclubuk

  18. Aw so cute. A crumb and a soggy finger were all that she had to give you and she gave you them both 🙂 True love! We love a good soggy / half chewed / removed from nostril (gags) gift in this house haha x

  19. Love this and makes me miss that stage! #StayClassyMama

  20. The popple is hilarious. I can just pictures her little expression of disapproval every time you reacted the wrong way:) what a clever cookie. She may be small but she sure knows what she wants x#abligginggoodtime

  21. This is lovely – what a sweetheart! Hope your eyes alright! #StayClassyMama

  22. This is very sweet and brought a smile to face and an ahh to my heart. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Eeek new to this and sleep deprived from 5 year old with a tummybug forgot to put I found this form #StayClassyMama

  23. Eek sorry no grasp of technology apologies for the link eeek

  24. It is always interesting to see what your child is going to give you as a precious gift. I also always try to show my appreciation and say thank you. What a beautiful post!#TribalLove

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