This year I let my three year old wrap all the Christmas gifts that she had carefully chosen for her brothers and sisters. She has 4 brothers and 4 sisters. That’s eight gifts. Do you know how much self-control it took for me to just sit there while she did her best to cut that paper straight, watching as she carefully picked off each piece of tape and placed it delicately onto the gift wrap….for eight separate gifts. She would not allow me to help. And of course I had a million other things I could be doing. Yet, all I could do was watch…….her wrap……..eight…….presents…..one…..at…..a…..time.
Can you imagine how much time this took? The tape would get stuck to her fingers, again and again. Even the tiniest rip in the paper made her want to start over, again and again. Yet, I had to smile. I had to encourage. I had to be patient. I had to endure. I had to sit on my hands at times to keep from giving some assistance. It was almost painful.
But do you see that smile on her face? That smile clearly says, “Look! I did it myself!” That smile shows how proud she is of herself. That smile means the world to me.
That smile made it worth every single minute hour!