A few years ago, I drew a portrait of Lucy for Kim as a Christmas present. She loved it.
I’m not sure I truly thought through the ramifications of that gift. After all, there was no way I could NOT do another one the following year. And now that we’ve had another kid, I just doubled my workload!
If nothing else, this all but assures that we won’t be making a run at the Duggars in terms of family size anytime soon.
So, after running out of space in the kitchen, I hung the newest drawing along with the previous two on a wall in our bedroom. It allows us room to grow — at least for a little while.
On a related note, my 9-year-old niece Kerrigan is a budding artist and big Star Wars fan. After she admired the S’More Trooper piece I did last fall, I surprised her with a similar version as a Christmas gift. I was a little worried that she’d be disappointed, wishing we’d have gotten her some new video game instead. But when she opened the gift, her eyes lit up and I knew it was a hit.
These instances remind me that in this age of mass-production and materialism, handmade things are still the best. Amazon.com and gift card kiosks have made gift-giving easier, but also less meaningful. It takes time to create something the old-fashioned way, and time is the one thing that no one has in abundance. When someone gives you something handmade, you automatically know they think you’re the cat’s pajamas.
Adultitis-Fighting Tip: This week, why not make something for someone who means a lot to you? I know, we just celebrated Christmas, but that’s what will make the gift even more special: it’s not tied to an obligation. And don’t give me the business about how your art skills stink. Perhaps you can bake some cookies, build a birdhouse, knit a scarf, create a flower arrangement, cook a casserole, craft a scrapbook page, fashion a greeting card made with glitter glue, make a paper toy, or steal an idea from Joel.
What’s the coolest thing anybody ever made for you?
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