As I browsed the tree, I remember my sister telling me that she tries to pick the oldest kids because they always seem to be left behind. I thought of all the older kids in the need of a loving home, all of the older kids that I skipped over while checking out the adoption websites. It made me hurt. These kids do get picked over. I picked over them.
But, not today. Today, I searched the tree for the oldest kids I could find. Today, I was not going to leave them there, I was going to make their wishes come true. Little did I know that their wishes were going to be so simple.
I thought that the kids would ask of iTunes gift cards, movies, or video games. I was very wrong. These kids asked for things I take for granted on a daily basis. Gum? Christmas Candy? Nail polish? I couldn't believe that that was all they wanted. One tag read: "socks and boxers", another said "hair brush set and perfume".
At 17 years old I was asking for the most expensive shoes, pants, CDs (music cds not cycle days), electronic devices and whatever else was in style at the time. The things on the these kids list were things that normally ended up stuffed into my stocking. It was humbling to see how easy I had it growing up and how easy it was going to be for me to grant these wishes for these young teens. These kids asked for so little that it was my duty to spoil them a little.
If you haven't ever visited the Giving Tree, I encourage you to do so. If we can't spend Christmas brightening the day of our own children we can at least try to brighten the day of those children a little less fortunate.