My children every year ask me the same question about what I want for Christmas. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them the real answer of what parents and grandparents really want for Christmas.
We want them. We want them to bring their kids around and to ask questions, ask advice, to tell us their problems, ask for our opinion, ask us for help. We want them to come over and rant about problems or life. We want them to share their lives with us, to laugh with us or at us. The sound of laughter is music to our ears.
We spend the better part of our lives raising our children and now we want the opportunity to sit back and admire our work.
We want our children to spend their money making their lives better. We want to see our children be happy. So when we are asked what we want for Christmas and we say, “nothing,” it’s because we’ve already been receiving our gifts all year.
Debra Snyder Giron