Tuesday, December 15, 2009

He's a Good Kid

A couple of weeks ago, Sam brought home some Scholastic book order forms from school. I looked through them, but there wasn't anything I particularly wanted to buy, so I put it in the recycling bin.

A couple of days after that, Sam asked where I'd put it. I assumed he just wanted to look through it and was going to ask for a book. I dug it out of the paper bin and gave it to him. Not too long after, he showed up with the order forms partially filled out and $49.

See, he'd been saving up his birthday money and allowance and now had more than $100. And he wanted to use a big chunk of it to buy books.

For Christmas presents for his family.

Of course, the first thing I did was melt, because, well, how amazing in so many ways was that?

Then I tried to convince him to save his money and that if he wanted to buy us gifts, I would take him to the dollar store so he wouldn't have to spend so much. That led to a long, emotional conversation during which he made the very astute point, "Why can't I do what I want to do with my money?"

I had no answer for that. So I helped him do a little bargain shopping and we found some better deals on some books on Amazon, but he still ended up spending nearly $50 on gifts for Jack, Quinn, Alex, and me. AND he insisted on going to the dollar store to buy additional gifts for all of us as well.

Through all of this, there was no, "Aren't I nice?" and no "Now Santa will see how good I am," or any other self-interested action.

Except for when I had to cut him off from reading the book he bought for Jack so he could wrap it.

Just a second, Mom.

And wrap it he did. He picked out the paper, he picked out the ribbons, he taped the packages all up. He carefully chose tags based on each person's personality. He broke my heart (in a good way) with all the joy he took in buying and presenting these gifts.


How unbelievably sweet is he? Every once in a while it occurs to me that maybe, just maybe, Alex and I aren't totally fucking up our children.

31 comments:

  1. Aw. That is really just super excellent.

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  2. THAT is awesome! i love to get those kind of confirmations in my parenting (they seem to come all too rarely!). my daughter took the $5 we gave her for the holiday gift store at school and carefully figured out how to pick out something for her sister, brother, dad and me. and then got herself something too!

    while i'm sure the gift isn't anything i've been dying to have, i'm amazed at her thoughtfulness!

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  3. Love, love, LOVE your Sam! Um, and Jack & Quinn, too. :-)

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  4. Ohhhh...I want him. Just for a day, so some of that can rub off on my sons. What a sweetheart. :) Good job, momma.

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  5. What an awesome kid! He must have good observation skills, learning from his parents.

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  6. OH, Sam. You are the sweetest. Stimey and Alex, you are wonderful and lucky all at once.

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  7. I love a kid who wants to give to his family. And who wants to give BOOKS! A boy after my own heart.

    He's a keeper.

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  8. What a gorgeous story. Talk about the true meaning of Christmas. And I'm with *m*, you've done far more than not "totally f-ed up" your kids if you have a son who spends his money on books for his family. Your blog will hereby be known as my how-to manual for raising a "good kid."

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  9. Once again, you make me get teary! Just awesome!

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  10. What a kind and giving heart he has!
    Love it.

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  11. seriously, you are doing a good job. at least with that one.

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  12. Ack! Warn a girl before you post something like this. He's not a good kid. He's a crazy good kid. That's it, Sam gets his own file entitled "Ways Sam caused my heart to grow three sizes".

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  13. Can you please give him just one more hug and kiss for me?

    That is awesome. You're clearly doing a great job. No fuck ups there!

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  14. That is one of the sweetest things I've ever heard.

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  15. Wow, what a sweet boy! You've done a GREAT job!

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  16. That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard! What an awesome kid!

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  17. He is such a darling. Well on the way to being a good man. Thank you for supporting him. :)

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  18. Awesome!

    I'll go ahead and cancel the call to child services... ;)

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  19. It's impressive how he was thinking about everyone else but himself, what a guy!

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  20. Sam is da bomb.... Like I told you this morning, I absolutely adore your boys (oh, um, you too)!

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  21. How wonderful! This is a great story. I am always amazed by the compassion and interest my guy shows when it comes to doing nice things for his siblings.

    It makes a mamma proud.

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  22. Yay!! This should be posted everywhere to remind us that the holidays are totally sucky.;)

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  23. Okay, that is just amazing and adorable. :)

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  24. I can't even tell you how much it warms my heart to read this. Kudos to you!

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  25. Aww, what a sweet child you have! :)

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  26. Whatever you are doing to make him turn out so stinkin' awesome? I might need some lessons.

    xo

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  27. That's pretty darn precious. First time to stop by - won't be the last!

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