This picture makes me so happy. Just the thought of sharing our coat rack with a wee one is thrilling, but this little pink "jacket." has a special story.
It was an eventful Halloween morning when a young Crayon we call Red arrived.
This was our conversation:
Red- "Hey Mrs. Little, I got you a baby present for your baby!"
Me: "Thank you Red, that was so nice of you."
Red: "Yeah, my parents told me I could have money for a baby present or a Halloween costume and I chose to get you a baby present."
Me- (Stunned.) "Wow! Thank you that means a lot to me. That was really generous of you, but what about Halloween? Do you want to go in the costume box and get a costume?"
Red: "No. I made a costume. With the left over money from the baby present, I bought a really cheap sheet and made a ghost costume. Wanna see it?"
Me: " I sure do."
He proceeds to pull on a traditional ghost costume much like the Peanuts Gang wore, except it has some simple sleeves.
Me: "Wow, Red, that is really cool. How did you make the sleeves? Did you use staples?"
Red: " Nope. My god-mother came over and helped me sew the sheet like this to make sleeves. And, I drew the face with marker because I didn't want to look like those mean guys who wear sheets. Do you know about those guys?"
Me: "Yes, yes I do. I assure you, that is a terrific ghost costume. I am so impressed! This gift is super special to me!"
This month my pastor has been preaching on extravagant generosity, but once again my Crayons were the real teachers. I am so impressed with both Red and his parents. In this day and age, they certainly didn't have to bankroll both a teacher gift and a Halloween costume. By giving him a choice, they fostered his financial skills and his creativity. I am truly humbled.