We celebrated my granddaughter’s seventh birthday and I have to admit I was intrigued by one present she requested.
Gift giving is pleasant in our family since we discovered how much fun it is to use Amazon’s wish list. My daughter teaches her daughter that it’s okay to wish for things, make a list, realizing you may or may not get it all, but surely the gifts that come will be ones you’ve handpicked.
Weeks ago I asked her to remove Gary and Jan Bower’s book, The Person I Marry, from Sookie’s wish list because I purchased it and mentioned what a surprising read it is for young kids. The idea for that gift came about when Sookie started asking pertinent questions about the faith of our family members and then drawing the conclusion of how important it is to marry someone with the same faith. We were astonished at her perception after we picked ourselves up off the floor.
The book is written in rhyme and talks about all the different character traits that are important to seek out in a lifetime partner. The illustrations are captivating!
I think it’s a good idea to teach our kids not to just focus on the external, but point out how important integrity, kindness, sharing, etc. are in relationships. I discovered even young kids comprehend and know how to identify these things.
If you are a married person, what important trait(s) would you say you bring to the relationship?
If you’re single, what trait is important to you that your marriage partner would have?
This book surprised me. Already, I’ve enjoyed the lively discussions in our family!