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It’s the Thought That Counts…Right?

It's the thought that counts, right?

It’s the thought that counts.

I think.

The other day, a certain brown-eyed seven-year-old approached me and said, “Mom, I made this for you.”

In his hand was a construction paper turtle.

What mother’s heart doesn’t warm up when her child gives her a handmade gift? I smiled down on my skinny, little cherub. This flesh-of-my-flesh. The last child I ever grew a placenta for. The child I have spent countless nights holding, nursing, comforting.

It's the thought that counts, right?

Being a Good Mom, I didn’t just say “thank you” or “that’s nice” when he handed me his gift.

Nope, in this house, we like to foster independence, creativity, and hard work. So I was specific with my praise.

“Thank you so much, Apollo! I love that you made a turtle. I like how the eyes are 3D and look at the engineering on those legs!”

Apollo cut me off, mid-sentence.

“It will cost you five cents”.

It's the thought that counts, right?

Oh, yes, my friends. I had to cough up five cents for a construction paper turtle which appeared to be made with $2.56 worth of tape and paper. Tape and paper I bought and paid for.

Not to mention the mess spread from one end of our table to the other, with a healthy dose of homemade confetti on the floors.

I may have gotten a bargain, however, as I saw him sell one to Kalina later for a dime. And since she didn’t have change, he graciously accepted a dollar bill as payment. I suppose I should be proud that he no longer plans to be poor with a car or Panhandle for a living…

But somehow I am hoping this new hobby doesn’t last too long.

After all, Hezekiah needs new shoes.





  1. Myfawnwy Stephenson

    HAHA!! You did get off easy!! Don’t you just love seven year olds?? Ours sold us homemade bookmarks last year so he could buy Christmas presents. I mean, who could say no to the baby of the family with his big coercing blue eyes and enchanting smile!?!!

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