I am so excited about giving this gift this Christmas! I am going to just take a leap of faith and assume my two and six year old boys do not read my blog so I won't be spoiling the surprise but I have to trust you all not to tell them, okay?Vince said this gift is "nerdy" but I think what he really meant was "brilliant". Back in October I gushed a little here about the Ken Burns series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Peter and I watched the whole series and fell in love. I don't think you could watch it and not feel a sense of urgency about seeing the parks and more importantly, taking your children to see them.
In one of the episodes they spoke about the stamp/seal program. You see, you just get yourself one of these handy dandy guides and inside there is space to collect stamps from each park you visit. I knew right then as I watched that episode that my boys would each have one of those books.
So, am I just asking to be pestered about visiting these destinations? Probably, and to that I say, "bring it on". Sometimes I need to be prodded a little in these matters. I need to be pushed outside of the day to day once in while in order to do some of the 'big picture' things that I know need to be done; things that I will regret if I don't do them.
Is this the gift that will send them jumping and hooting for joy in their jammies on Christmas morning? um, big fat 'no'. Is it one that they will still treasure decades from now? I hope so!