These days I usually spend most of Saturday looking after the twins on my own, allowing the Mummy to catch up on jobs.
I’d got into a habit of buying a toy or gift each to commemorate ‘Daddy Day’. I soon realised it set a dangerous precedent!
It very quickly went from being a nice little treat to something they came to expect. Aside from the house piling up with toys it also was in danger of becoming an expensive habit!
I managed to gradually cut down so that it became an occasional thing & that – I thought – was that.
Then in the car last Saturday (why is it always in the car?)…
Sitting in the back of the car sometimes seems to give them the opportunity to have a little think, Jake especially. Ellie is probably more likely to give us a song! That’s if they’re not arguing, of course.
On this occasion Jake had been thinking back.
“Yes Jake?” I replied cautiously.
“Do you remember when you used to buy us presents every ‘Daddy Day’?”
“You don’t do that now. Why have you stopped doing that?”
“Well it costs a lot of money to buy you each toys every week, & I’m not sure I can afford it”
“Oh Daddy: I can give you my money & you can buy toys every week for us again!”
“Oh, you mean your birthday money?”
They each received about £40 cash on their birthdays from their friends, on top of toys & other gifts. I’m pretty sure they have more money than me at the moment!
“No, that’s for me to buy toys with. I mean the money that I found today. OK Daddy?”
He’s holding up a 10p coin I think he found on the back seat of the car…
Well, as they say, it’s the thought that counts!
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