Elijah added in one of his famous super-duper paper airplanes. Both boys worked on a card and I whipped up a cute little gift bag to contain it all.
I suspect that others feel that our home-made gifts are starting to lose a bit of their charm. This one didn’t have a chance, what with following on the heels of a light saber! Oh well.
Sometimes I get the distinct impression that some of my kid’s friends are growing up much faster then they are. Not in all ways. No, my own little ones are slowly, ever so slowly, becoming mature, reasonable, kind and honorable young men. Over the years I’ve been observing this progression quietly, with much love and pride. They are quite capable boys, able to do a great many things that I was forced to fumble and find my way with as an adult. No, I think that they are right on track with all of that. But when it comes to the mass media infiltration, they are still very sheltered. Very. And honestly, I have no desire to alter that. I like that they follow their own minds and hearts. I like that we are still their main examples in life (poor ones that we may be at times). But there are moments when I wonder and worry if they will not be left behind. I hope that their joy for life and fun and excitement will carry them through and it will not matter too much when another child suggests they play Batman and they innocently respond with, “Oh yes, let’s play at being bats!” But does the world still work like that? Can someone still get by with being good-natured, pleasant and fun? Or must everyone have a brand name, a logo and a trademarked character to emulate as well?