Through The Eyes Of A Child

Over the last month, I’ve been shopping weekly for goodies for our pledged Santa Shoe Boxes and storing all our goodies on our dining room table which also doubles up as my office as Walter has hogged our office at home.  Ava has been watching the goodies pile up with interest. Being a toddler, each time I arrive home with a shopping bag, she automatically assumes that what ever I have bought is always for her. So it’s taken some serious explaining as to why she can’t take the goodies off the table as they’re not for her.

Her response:

A: “But why?”

Me: “Because these are for Blessing, Tsakani & Xaba!”

A: “But why?”

Me: “Because Blessing, Tsakani & Xaba don’t have mommies and daddies who can buy them presents!”

A: “But why?”

You get my drift. Anyway after explaining in a thousand different ways to her why we were buying presents for Blessing, Tsakani & Xaba, the penny finally dropped and then she was very sad that none of these children’s mommies and daddies could buy them presents so after much exclaiming of how she wanted to help pack the boxes, madam dashed off to her room and came back with her hands full of goodies she wanted to add to their gift boxes.

I was really touched by her generosity and truly felt like Walter and I had done a good job in teaching her about charity and about always giving to those who were less fortunate than we were.

She left all her goodies she wanted to give to them on the dining room table and happily went off to play.

After she’d gone to bed last night, I double checked the shopping lists and started packing the boxes when I stumbled across Ava’s contribution, I couldn’t help but laugh.

Madam, it would seem, did not want to give up any of her treasured goods, but rather all the things that she hates!

Her contribution included the following:

  • her hairbrush (hates having her hair brushed)
  • an old toothbrush (hates having her teeth brushed)
  • her nail clippers (nail cutting is a serious task which involves some wrestling in our home)
  • left over eye drops from a previous eye infection (clearly she remembers how much she hate those drops)
  • a packet of wet wipes
  • and a pair of shoes that she hates and literally goes ape sh*t every time I try to make her wear them!

So she has the right idea about giving to those less fortunate, it’s just not the best execution yet, but we’ll get there!

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  • Reply Margot


    October 25, 2012 at 11:54 am
  • Reply CharlieW

    Ag mamma!!! Very sweet that she’s willing to give! Think my LO would also get rid of her hairbrush! 🙂

    October 25, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Joni

    Too cute!

    I get Adam to help me pack up his old toys & clothes and we drop them off at the Children’s Home together! And he too adds the things he hates like his hairbrush hee hee!

    October 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Tertia Emerson

    ava is soo funny….

    Wow! your boxes look devine!! i had serious troubles wrapping my boxes. wrestled with the wrapping paper and lost a good few meters redoing and redoing the boxes till i was happy!!! Next year will go better.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Tertia Emerson

    ps – next year i may just spend the money and buy boxes from cardies that already look good and then just decorate them…

    October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    bwahahahahahha that is too funny!

    October 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    Your boxes look beautiful! I love what she wanted to give. I need to write about how much difference there was than having A helping to pack at box at 6, and then this year at 7. Huge!

    October 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Laura

    LOL thats too cute 🙂 I helped out at our drop off point and was checking boxes and some of them actually look like the parents did put those types of things in :-/

    October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    Love this post on so many levels, hehe. Ava is a classic kid! And the boxes look too beautiful, well done 🙂

    October 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Mash

    “which also doubles up as my office as Walter has hogged our office at home” ditto!

    Love Ava’s thinking ha ha ha!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    LOL!! I love that little girl!! It’s the thought that counts, eh? 😉

    November 6, 2012 at 11:14 am
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