I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on Chair Girl’s gift, but I think I found a few things she will like. I wanted to give her my old copy of “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. This was one of my favorite books as a child. I was sure I still had my childhood copy around, but I couldn’t find it anywhere (which really annoys me because I have so few things that I had as a child). I did happen to have a newer edition of another childhood favorite of mine, “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” which in some ways is more appropriate.
I got her a card too. Pictured is the inside and the outside. I wrote a short note inside the card:
I’m sorry I haven’t always been there for you. I promise to do better. I hope you like the gifts. This book was a favorite of mine as a child because the girl in it is strong, independent, and full of love. You deserve these gifts because you are strong, beautiful, and full of love.
Love, Big ____
At Dollar General I went to the toy section and picked up a glow wand and a glow-in-the-dark keychain-making kit. I think she’ll have fun with the keychain kit, because it includes a lanyard. I remember making lanyards when I went to summer camp. I packed everything up in a fun animal print bag with multi-colored tissue paper. I think I’m going to bring the package with me to my therapy session this week and have her open the gift there. Sure, it will be a little awkward, but I just think this is how it should be done.