The gift that keeps on giving?
A few pieces of parenting advice have stayed with me over the decades and I’m going to share one of my more successful accomplishments….
When my daughter was born (more than 24 years ago) a friend told me to start a collection with an easy theme, so that my kids always have something “perfect” to give to me, their Mom.
What did I pick?
Through the years, word spread beyond my children to family and friends. I have received numerous stone and metal garden frogs, various frog jewelry items, unusual ceramic frogs including a pair of kissing S&P frog shakers and a lovely Chinese frog riddled with holes to support twiggy sticks of incense.
Now that I’m older and wiser (and know exactly what I like), I recently announced before the holidays that I’m frogged-out… although I will always love frogs and thoroughly enjoyed my real frog friends who lived in my tiny frog pond in Maine last summer and fall.
These days I’m partial to more sophisticated gifts, such as anything aromatic from Thymes, dark Godiva chocolate with sea salt, and very delicate earrings.
I’m happy to report, I received all three this past Christmas – and not a frog in sight.
What are some of your favorite gifts?