"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas."
"Being there for someone is what matters most, just a smile or even a hug can turn someones day around. To us, family means putting your arms arouond each other and being there."
One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the gift of time and of just "being there" for them (especially if that someone is your child). My daughter had her first indoor track meet and we had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that is was going to be LONG...they were leaving for the meet at 1:30 and not getting back until after 10:00 pm! I had a million things on my "to-do" list...but I wasn't going to miss being there for anything! I was so glad I went. It was a lot of fun to watch...it was like being at a three ring circus.
The important thing is that we were there...showing our support. Letting her know that we cared enough to be there....no matter what. Documenting her first track meet with my camera. Her Dad being there to help out with the team. Sending in water and Cliff bars for the girls. Hopefully being role models for when she grows up and has kids of her own. There's a quote by Anna Quindlen that I love..."When in doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work."