January 2, 2008 Edition

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Expect the unexpected

Gretchen Hunt
TD Editor

If there is one thing I have learned about children it is that one should always expect the unexpected. Nevertheless, my boys still managed to surprise me this Christmas.

Conley is four and has a pretty clear concept of what happens when Christmas rolls around. Colter, on the other hand, at four months, is a complete beginner.

As we prepared for the holidays, I found myself purchasing more presents for Conley than for Colter. Mainly because Colter's wants and desires are pretty much limited to a bottle, a jar of baby food, a clean diaper and a warm blanket. I was looking forward to Conley's excitement on Christmas morning, but did not expect Colter to really even be interested in the presents.

Boy, did they pull a switcheroo on me. Conley opened his stocking and then was ready to go to his room and play. The other gifts and the pop-up tent under the tree seemed to have no attraction at all. I had to call him back into the room to open the rest of his gifts.

Colter on the other hand, loved opening the presents. At first I thought he just loved the paper, which he'd grab and tear off the gifts. I realized, though, that he really enjoyed seeing what was inside the packaging too. Each time we would hold up the opened toy or book, his face would light up.

I guess it just goes to show that one can never be prepared for life with children. I look forward to more of the "unexpected" in the new year.

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