We devised a plan. The kids would push a shopping cart down every aisle, I would walk in the front, as they made their selections they would place the items in the basket and cover them with their coats. Going down every aisle insured them that I wasn’t aware when they chose something and placed it in the basket.
As we walked through automotive, sporting goods, electronics, pets, the garden center, shoes, clothing and more, the kids would stop occasionally, put their heads together and whisper. I wanted so badly to turn and spy, not to see their selection, but to witness their expressions and eavesdrop on their intense conversation.
When they would decide on a gift they would scramble to hide it under the coats and then quiz me to see if I had peeked. After assurance on my part we would again continue shopping. Because of the many times we stopped and they whispered between themselves, I was unaware of what was being purchased.
After making all of their selections, we headed to the checkout. I spoke to the checker and asked her to ring up the items, place them in bags while I stood with my back to her. When she had the total and everything bagged, I turned and wrote out the check. I was not too shocked by the amount, for the kids had kept me up to date on the amount of each item placed in the basket.
As we headed to the car the kids were full of whispers, giggles and smiles. That evening they spent extra time wrapping the gifts in the special way that only a 9, 8, and 4 year old could do.
When we opened presents that Christmas, the kids were full of excitement and anticipation, not so much for their gifts, but for what they had purchased for me. With each gift I opened there were whispers between the three that were more precious than the gifts themselves. Two of the gifts that they were most excited about were a pair of ‘gold high heels’ and a ‘pink bra’. They were so pleased with the elegant gifts that they had chosen. I was humbled that my children had thought so highly of me to pick out the ‘gold high heels’ and the ‘pink bra’.