What is the best gift for a granddaughter? It is LG’s fourth birthday and, luckily, she has a clear idea of exactly what she wants. The first is flowers. An interesting request from a four year old I thought. Would that be a bouquet of flowers? Or a potted plant? A corsage? Or a crown of flowers for her hair? Or maybe a potted mum?
The second gift will require a more creative solution. She wants a book about ‘cups’. She explained she wanted one because she doesn’t really know anything about cups and would like to learn more about them. And what is there to learn about cups? Luckily, I have a brilliant friend, ELO’B, who suggested that I get her a set of measuring cups. Brilliant! What are cups really about if not about measuring? And for enjoying a cuppa in the afternoon.
The grandparent urge, that I try to quash, is to make every single present unique and wonderful and something that she will remember for the rest of her life. Phew. I am exhausted just writing about it. Sometimes all a kid wants is a crayon and a pad of blank paper. Her mom has a clever solution for this grandmotherly urge for prosterity. She writes a letter to LG every year on her birthday and puts it away for her to open and read at a specified date. So, a few weeks ago I wrote a letter to be opened on her 18th birthday. It contains some Euros and a suggestion on how they are to be spent: on champagne at the Eiffel Tower – whatever that means in 14 years. There is more than enough for a glass or two (I hope) and maybe even a bottle. With a little luck we will be there to share.