Our gifts yesterday were well received indeed.
It was simple. It went like this:
O: Mom, you ask her.
Me: Child 1, O would like you to have this lunchbox if you would like to have it.
Child 1: (eyes beaming bright) Oh yes. Thank you.
Child 1 took the lunchbox to her cubby. Simple. Done. Whew. O went into class.
Next scenario with J and Child 2:
J: Mom, you ask him.
Me: Child 2, J would like you to have this lunchbox. Would you like to have it?
Child 2: (drops what he's playing with in the sandbox, grabs lunchbox) Yes!
Child 2 took the lunchbox to the gathering spot for lunches. He sat there and hugged it. Then stared at it. I noticed his lunch was in a paper bag. Again.
It was amazing how such a simple little thing could be so delightful for these children!
Then I saw the Dad and felt I should talk to him.
Me: For some reason, O and J really wanted Child 1 and Child 2 to have these lunchboxes. I hope that's okay.
Dad: Sure, that's great. (pause) I gave up buying lunchboxes because they seem to always lose them. But this is great. Thank you.
Me: You're welcome. I hope they are useful.
He didn't seem at all offended. He graciously accepted the gifts.
As I walked off the playground, Child 2 was still hugging his new lunchbox.