One Christmas, my 6 year old son sat waiting while everyone unwrapped heaps of lovely presents. His cousins and brother received wonderful toys! His excitement and anticipation began to change to anxiety. Had he been forgotten? Were there no presents for him? Finally, three wrapped gifts arrived in rapid sucession.They piled up beside him, as he sat in his pajamas and housecoat. He opened them quickly, ripping aside the brightly coloured paper.
Then, tears flowed. Three pairs of pajamas.
Lesson - sometimes we don't need useful presents. Especially when we are six years old.
And don't all of us have a six year old somewhere deep inside?
I think we do.
Sharon Frayne is a writer and artist. She is a member of the Canadian Author's Association, the Niagara Writer's Circle and the Pumphouse Art Gallery. She looks for the universal experience and the mystery in everyday things.