Gifts from my daughter

Parenting / Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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.

26 Replies to “Gifts from my daughter”

  1. 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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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