On the weekend you might have seen my post about Liam’s 7x Timetables on my Instagram feed (@karenlycheng)?
Well the back story is…
Liam was going to a friend’s birthday party – a girl’s 7th birthday – and we BOTH had no idea what to get her.
I am terrible at buying gifts for girls; What do they want? What do they play with? Is jewellery and makeup acceptable? For a 7 year old? Maybe not? Is a crafty present too lame? Are books too boring? Does it have to be pink? Do girls even play with Barbies now?
So we went to the shops and after a good hour, we picked out a huge FROZEN craft box, with stickers, colouring-in pads, marker pens, glitter glues, sequins etc. What a win! I was very proud of my/our choice. We also bought wrapping paper, but I told my 6 year old that he had to make a nice card.
Liam didn’t want to make a card, so he whinged, moaned, groaned, stomped his foot and procrastinated about it ALL WEEK… until the morning of the party.
(I found it really strange, because usually he loves making birthday cards. He has a little drawing table all set up with paper, markers, pencils, glue…)
Anyway, as always we were in a rush that morning, so I asked my 12 year old boy to wrap the present and Liam HAD TO MAKE A CARD!
Liam asked, “Can I just write her name on the wrapping paper??”
NO!! YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO WRITE ON THE BOX WITH A PERMANENT MARKER! THAT’S LAZY! MAKE A DAMN CARD! I’M GOING TO HAVE A SHOWER, WHEN I GET OUT YOU NEED TO HAVE MADE A CARD OR YOU’RE NOT GOING TO THE PARTY! AND IT HAS TO BE A REALLY NICE OR CLEVER CARD! I DON’T WANT TO SEE A HALF-ARSE SCRIBBLED ONE! NEAT HANDWRITING! NICE MESSAGE! DO YOU UNDERSTAND? AND DON’T WRITE ON THE WRAPPING PAPER!
(Too harsh? Haha oh well. Welcome to my mornings!)
When I got out of the shower, I yelled at all 3 kids to get into the car, grab their sports bag, get a drink bottle, no you can’t go barefoot, why are you taking a basketball to the bowling party, why are are you asking me about dinner, did you go to the toilet…??
Then I noticed Liam’s “card”.
He wrote on the damn wrapping paper! UGHH!
He actually DID make a card. A nice one too. He sticky-taped it to the other side of the box, wrote instructions on the box, an extra birthday message on the box, and the 7 times tables?? Why? Because it was her 7th birthday?
Oh my god, it was sooo cute and geeky and sweet and weird. My heart was bursting with pride and love, yet I was so pissed off that he had done EXACTLY what I told him NOT to do!!
I was too rushed to scold or punish him.
I quickly took a snap and zoomed out the door.
I had no idea what to do about my predicament, so I just decided to…um, not mention it ever again HAHA!
(Oh and share it with the internet…)