One of the best things you can give to a child is the gift of a memory. The memories you create when you’re with them and those that you share from your life. Grandkids especially love to hear stories about their parents when they were growing up.
When my youngest daughter was about four years old she wanted to have a garage sale. We set her up in our yard with a little table and she brought an assortment of toys and clothing that she’d gathered from around the house. Then daughter and a little friend of hers waited eagerly for customers. They waited and waited, but no one came. We could see the sadness creeping in to their adventure.
So my husband decided he would brighten daughter’s day and become her customer. He dressed up as an elderly lady, complete with wig and marched around the house to the garage sale table. Daughter didn’t recognize him and watched as he picked up first one item and then another. The strange lady tried things on, played with the toys, asked outrageous questions. When he finally chose his purchases and asked for just one shoe, daughter realized something wasn’t quite right. At that point she began looking more closely at her customer, who could hardly keep a straight face. I didn’t dare go out of the house I was laughing so hard.
Twenty-six years later, daughter still delights in that story. Next time you’re with your children or grandchildren, slow down for a minute. Ask yourself if this is a chance to create a memory. Then go ahead and do it.