When my parents were alive, it became harder and harder to get them meaningful gifts. I mean, how many Hummels or soap on a rope can someone use. Eventually we ended up tending to gifts that can be consumed, food etc, and with the help of Jan ( my lovely wife ), we managed to come up with quite a few good ideas. But now that I am getting older, when my kids ask me what gift they can give me, I always say: “Live honorably”.

For a father, that is enough.

37 Comments on “gifts”

  1. globalunison says:

    Awww.. this is a very wise answer Sir! I am sure your little ones will never let you down!!
    Much love and blessings,

  2. nyparrot says:

    My parents are by no means old, but it’s hard at times to come up with a new gift idea, cause how many things one might need? And so more and more, I choose an experience as a gift – usually I buy tickets to some concert, so we go and enjoy music or dancing together, and afterwards we go eat at some new restaurant, take photos of each other, laugh, and make new memories.

    • billgncs says:

      you are wise beyond your years. Shared memories are the greatest gift. I should post about the time I took my teen to a EMO concert and we nearly ended up in the mosh pit!

      thanks for commenting — and your parents will always feel younger than you know….

  3. What a great gift idea! I still want the food, though, too. πŸ˜‰
    Actually, we’ve been doing an assortment of little food gifts for years and I love it- all kinds of sauces and jams and pates and cookies to try over the coming year. The hardest part for us is minding the expiration dates and remembering not to save the food overlong, but to savor it. Cheers!

  4. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    now thats a great gift ideal..( I wish use it!)
    thought I still want a rosebush or tree….I always say I want something thats goes on giving back..
    Thank you for stopping by
    and I will be here too!
    Take Care…

  5. Shannon says:

    The only problem is honor is hard to wrap and put under the tree!

  6. so very wise sensei….wonderful advice, having raised three beautiful daughters I too had wise words for mine. Just say NO! NO! NO! and if you say yes you better be married! LOL

  7. katkasia says:

    I like that very much.
    Do they give you soap-on-a-rope as well as honourable lives though? πŸ™‚

    • billgncs says:

      laughing, no — my youngest recently bought me a Samuri sword ( replica ) and I must that is a fun thing to open!

      good to hear from you, I hope you are well!

  8. Parul says:

    I have nominated you for β€œOne Lovely Blog” Award.
    Happy Writing! πŸ™‚

  9. What a respectable words you said to your kids. It’s a great lesson for your kids and also for everyone. Truly no other gifts will be more valuable then live honorably. Thanks for everything.

  10. boomiebol says:

    Wow!!! Powerful sir, just powerful!!! I am certain you have raised amazing daughters who really do live honorably. This is a fine post…love it, and thanks for sharing this wisdom.

  11. What a wise answer!

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