If you read any book about Love Languages, it would tell you that you normally show love, how you like to receive it. I don't feel that is true for me. I love to give gifts. Just little "I love yous" to say that I'm paying attention to what you like/want/desire. But I do not require getting a lot of gifts. I have mentioned in the blog world before that may be because I do not have a gift-giving husband? Don't get me wrong, we've discussed what holidays I expect something - at least, a card. And we've discussed that I want him to take the kids shopping for my birthday, but I don't care what I come back with. I'm not anticipating the "perfect gift" at each holiday. But I do love it when he comes home with a fist full of fresh flowers for our table, so.....
Regardless of my love language, I love to treat those around me to whatever. Whether it is picking up a book that I know Jason really wants to read. Picking up a raspberry filled doughnut and dropping it off for my Mom. Or even mailing cards to friends - what a rarity to get fun snail mail! I love it!
I'm not really sure how our "tradition" started, but I'm so glad that it did. I buy random things for the kids at random times. Treats. Just Because. I love to do it. But, there are five of them, so I can't do it for everyone, every time. And the kids know this.
I can bring home a white chocolate candy bar for Daegan one day and a few weeks later pick up some Matchbox cars for Mac. Or some cool socks for Mollee. Or some jewels for Tavis. Or some craft supplies for Capps. The kids know, I might come home with something for one of them, but I might not. They also know, they have to be happy for whomever got the treat and their turn might be next. I think it is great!
I try to be fair (some are easier to buy for than others), but there is no rhyme or reason to how I go about doing it. I rely on inspiration. And I get joy from how the kids now react to the ones that got a treat - they are truly excited for them and don't complain that they didn't get anything. Except maybe for Mac, we are still working with him. :)
It is also true for notes in their lunchboxes. I just put them in at random times and everyone doesn't get one on the same day. It may be a card. It may be an extra dessert with a "thought you might need this" note attached. Or it may be a post-it just saying "hi". And I have found random post-its on my desk, on my mirror or even in response to my lunch note - all these things I will cherish more than most any gift I am given.
So, I'm glad we started this treat giving. No regrets about this one.