The Gift of Time
What gift do I want for the holidays? A night out!!!!
It’s that time of year when family starts discussing plans for the holiday season and asking me what I want. It’s always a hard question for me as there’s often nothing that I can readily say that I want. Within reason, if I want or need something, I usually find a way to buy it, even if that means saving for several months. Or, the things I want/need are too costly (a $2000 couch please) or too specific (size 11 black boots with the buckle on the side from Soft Moc please, but make sure you don’t get extra wide and get there soon because they will sell out quickly).
I started to think of things that are a luxury item for me — things that I love, but don’t make room in the budget for. A shellac manicure? A Starbucks gift card? A housecleaner? If I don’t find something specific, I end up getting money, which I can’t complain about but it always goes into the mix of paying bills and it’s never used for what it was intended.
As I was considering what to ask for, I was reminded of my sister’s request for her children’s gifts a number of years ago. She found that her children got so many things, that they ended up only playing with their favourites and easily forgot about the other gifts. She made the point that she didn’t remember any gifts from her aunts and uncles but did remember everything they did with her. The sleep-overs we used to have at Uncle Rob’s house, the pizza that Uncle Andrew ordered for us once a year (yes, that was the only time we got pizza!), the treasure hunt Aunt Cindy sent us on, the gingerbread men we made with Aunt Selene every Christmas. So she made the request that in lieu of gifts, we give her children TIME. To make memories with them, to have FUN with them.
And that’s when I realized that the best thing to ask for this year is TIME! Time out, time away, time to reconnect with my partner away from our ordinary life, time for FUN.
What’s needed so we get this time together? A babysitter. A few nights of babysitting allows us to go out, have fun together and do the things that we love doing. Time to focus on just each other without the distraction of our adorable child around.
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