This is it. Right here. The only thing you really need to know to choose the perfect gift. There truly is only one thing you need to ever know…
It’s not in the expense.
It’s not in the presentation.
It’s not in the fanfare of it all.
It’s in the seeing. The listening. The studying.
It’s in the attentiveness to another. Hearing all that they have to say, whether they’re speaking with words or telling through actions. You’ll find everything you need to know right there.
It’s easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. But once you start I’m convinced that half the fun is in the learning. Watching, listening and just being.
And then the moment comes. The moment you choose to deliver the reason for their smile. It doesn’t even have to be a special day. It can be the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. They could be going about their day, minding their own business. You could nonchalantly walk past and toss this small gesture of your watching and listening and being together right into their lap. They may seem confused for a moment, and you get to explain in one sentence. “You’ve always said you love this.” You just might hear their laughter for a solid two minutes afterward.
And the rest of the day you’ll find them randomly smiling. And they’ll find some special place for their new treasure. And then you’ll know. You’ll know that you’ve discovered the only thing you really need to know to choose the perfect gift.
There’s no need for a lavish expense, flawless presentation or grand fanfare when you have the secret of seeing, listening and studying.
Btw son, thanks for this gift of the smell of fresh cut wood. And girls, thanks for the paintings and coffee dates and back rubs. Thanks for teaching me the only thing I really need to know to choose the perfect gift.