the gift of a child's love

I have been preparing my backyard vegetable garden for replanting.
I have removed all the weeds and rocks and prepared it for some lovely new plants to go in.

It actually was a big mess and took a lot of work.

On the morning that I was going to head out to buy some new vegetables to grow several of my cherubs asked me to come outside because they wanted to show me a surprise.

You just never know what it is going to be with my kids and I always feel a slight panic in my heart.

On this morning, as I walked outside to see what the surprise was, it took me a moment to react.
This is what I saw:

A large lovely rock heart in my VEGETABLE GARDEN!!!!!

I was silent for a moment.
Breathed deeply and said:

'What a wonderful surprise, it is beautiful, it must have taken you ages, thank you for your gift to me.'

In my mind of course I was thinking:

'What in the world! This is going to take me ages to get all of these rocks out and if I get rid of them right away they will be upset and think that I don't appreciate it! Sigh!'

There goes the vegetable garden plan.

Sometimes a child shows love in such a different way than we do.
They really do not own things that they can give away as presents so they improvise.

They use the resources around them and get creating. The only down side to this is that the resources are often the very items we don't want them to touch or use.

I try to keep that in my mind when events like the one above happen so I do not get upset as much.
It does not always work but I love it when it does.

My cherubs sure teach me patience but I love it when they show they have been thinking of me.