Gift giving is often a very exciting time for children and I remember that same feeling before the holidays. Out of all of the gifts I received as a kid, a few stand out as making an impact on my interests, creativity, and skills: an American Girl tap dance outfit, a drum set, and a cash register. It’s a random collection, yet for me, made perfect sense.
I can remember like it was yesterday flipping through the American Girl catalog (before Addy) and not getting too excited about anything, until I saw it; the red, blue, and silver tap dance costume that Molly wore. After an exciting unwrapping, I wore that costume daily and gave performances for anyone who would watch. It brought me hours upon hours of entertainment and deepened my love for dance.
A couple years later, I had my hopes on a drum set. If you ask my parents, they will tell you that I did not let that idea go for an entire year. On Christmas morning when I came running from my room, it was as if there was a spotlight on them just for me. It was one of the greatest moments for me –worst for my family. I played my drum set every day for days, weeks, and months even. Those drums inspired a musical interest I still carry.
Most children are fascinated by money, and for me this was no different. The unique part of my fascination was with the invention of the cash register. I wanted one just like the ones in the stores to keep and organize my money. After two years of defending my rational, I received an operational cash register which is still used to this day. I like to think that it also planted a seed for better money management later on in life.
When I was younger, I thought that my parents gave me these gifts because I begged. However, my mother clarified by letting me know that each of these gifts were a part of what makes me, me. The tap dance costume allowed me to discover my love for dance, the drums extended my musical talent, and the cash register pushed me to learn more about money and the economy. I was fortunate that my family was able to give these thoughtful gifts and I plan to also give gifts with intentionality. What gift will you give this year and how will it inspire the receiver?