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I know I am not alone when I tell you the tales of presents that I have gotten my daughter with super high expectations that went nowhere.
My daughter is now 11 years old and 4 years ago, when she was 7 years old, I bought her a sewing machine. A sewing machine! Now, this may not seem like much of a big deal to you, but let me shed some light on the reality, I can’t sew. No! I can not sew or use a sewing machine. It is a talent that did not pass down to me from my grandmother or my mom. But there was a moment that I believed my daughter, of 7 years old, would learn to love sewing. It is one of many presents that has gone untouched.
There it sits in her closet and she has stopped asking, “mom can we sew something?” She has completely given up on me in this area.
This year, her 11th year, I gave her three new baking books and baking supplies. It seems like a great fit in education. She can practice her reading, her math, and her skills in my kitchen. A place where I feel confident and I know the difference between royal icing and icing. Yet even as I am writing this post she is checking in on me making sure I remember as my nightly exercise I am going to help her make brownies. How hard can this be?
I’ll tell you what I think will happen, and why I hesitate to consider this fun. I will have to be in teacher mode and translate everything, maybe more than once. I might get annoyed and forget that this was my idea. Then there will be the constant asking if she can eat one. Perhaps there will be a neighbor who needs brownies more then we do.
I am alone in this predicament? Buying a gift that you’ll have to teach, feeling confident that you’ll be excited to teach, only to dread the reminder that its time. Will someone remind me of this when Christmas rolls around?