E received his very first present for his 2nd birthday by mail recently…all the way from his grandaunt and aunts in Vancouver! Grandaunt Amy had a whale of a time with him when she visited us last November. Seeing them get along so well makes Hubby and I go warm and fuzzy as she resembles my late mother-in-law a lot, just a younger version.
Together with Yasi and Christiane, they sent E these presents:
Apparently, the book “10 Mindful Minutes” by Goldie Hawn is a hit in Canada now. Either that, she probably saw what unfit parents we were and is trying to do E a big favour 🙂
Then surprise surprise, last weekend during a wedding dinner, Hubby’s friend Ai Shiang gave E this:
In addition to this, I will be wrapping up a new toy we bought during our trip to Perth last year as his birthday gift from Mommy and Daddy. We are planning to let him open the presents on his actual birthday only. Right now, we are giving him one existing new toy – kept away in our store room – every 3-4 months so he would learn to appreciate his belongings and be contented with whatever he already owns.
We are also not expecting E to receive any presents during his upcoming birthday party as parents of our little guests have already been recommended to give donations to an appointed orphanage instead. We reckon that E is already blessed with all the necessities that a child requires and certainly doesn’t need more toys or clothes, so we might as well channel the kind thoughts to those who are less fortunate, isn’t it? My sister thinks we are depriving him of real presents and pure childhood fun but the art of sharing and giving should be instiled from young and what better time to start than now?
Ummm…I sound like a Tiger mom, don’t you think? Roarrrrrrrrr! 😀