Dr. Haim Ginott
Having just celebrated Mother's and Father's Day I wondered again as I did many many years ago,"Is there a Kid's Day?" After a bit of online research I discovered that there is indeed a Children's Day. In fact, I found two dates for Children's Day. One is October 8 and the other just barely passed, the second Sunday in June. There is quite an extensive history on each date. It's unclear which is the "official" date.
I am happy to have the facts but I can still hear my mother saying rather sarcastically, when I asked the question those many years ago..."Every day is Children's Day!" Now, after having my own child and several others live with me over the past 29 years I tend to agree with her.
Nevertheless there are many occasions that a gift for a child is called for and here are a couple of my favorites:
My sister and I have sons 5 weeks apart and she was and is an incredible stay-at-home mom. She takes her work very seriously and goes about it in such a graceful manner. In the family her nick-name is Donna Reed. (If you're too young to remember Donna Reed, Google her.)
For my son's 5th birthday she gave him "The Cookie of the Month Club". She was seriously into baking cookies with her own son and decided to share their bounty with my son. She is an excellent baker and like clockwork a package arrived each month with that month's cookie and a little toy or remembrance accompanying the delicious and beautiful cookies.
For instance in July she sent sugar cookies decorated like flags and a small American flag and a box of sparklers. In August it was lemonade cookies and a blow up pool toy. In October it was pumpkin cookies and plastic spiders. You get the idea. She was making cookies anyway so that didn't take more time but she did admit later that overall this was a very labor intensive gift. From our end it was pure joy to open that box each month and it made an indelible impression on my son. Perhaps that's when we dubbed her "Donna Reed". Only a very organized and devoted homemaker could stay on top of this one.
Because I was in the antique and second-hand business for several years I started putting together dress-up clothes for the youngest of my friends and family. For a nominal amount of money I could come up with a few outfits and all the accessories....hats, scarves, shoes, purses and jewelry. Then I would present them in an antique hatbox. For the boys I would collect military pieces. If I couldn't find them second hand I would visit the Army-Navy surplus store. Sometimes merely a basket full of accessory items and pieces of interesting fabric and fur is a fun way to pique a child's imagination.
Now that I am no longer in the business I find my treasures at thrift stores and yard sales. For a friend's child last Christmas I first sifted through my own closet and drawers and found things I was ready to pass on and I thought she would like. Then I visited the thrift stores to fill in. That gift gave me a tremendous amount of joy as it did the delighted recipient.