January 6, 2010

Texas Tin

My husband's company has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. He travels there now and again for meetings and training seminars. Whenever he has to be away overnight for business, Allen tries to bring home a little something for the children to let them know that he was thinking of them while he was gone.

On one of his last trips to Dallas, he never had time to do any shopping. Lest the children think he was lax, he stopped at a shop in the airport and picked up a plastic box in the shape of Texas filled with enormous jelly beans.

At breakfast, the morning he got home, he passed the treats around and everyone helped themselves. I don't really eat candy, unless it is chocolate, and almost never jelly beans, unless they are sour jelly belly and never at breakfast. So, I passed them up. The kids kept trying to share with me. Which was very thoughtful, of course. I did feel bad to keep turning them down. That didn't change the fact that I didn't want a jelly bean.

At last the box was empty. Aedan, was very excited when he hopped off his chair and stood beside me holding the box out to me. With a smile in his happy little chirpy voice he said, "I know, Mama! You can have the box."

I looked at him with as much enthusiasm as one can muster for a plastic box in the shape of Texas and said, "It's just what I always wanted!"

With even more joy than when he gave the box to me he said, "Really Mama?"

Sometimes, I guess it is best to stick with a simple, "Thank You!"

~Chili Pepper


  1. oh how cute :)
    LOL Tx Jelly beans lol I live here and never had one of those, all i seem to find is the hot pepper tx size jelly beans

  2. How sweet!
    Now, me? I really would have wanted that. lol

  3. I love how children can be so easily pleased - if only we could freeze that! It can be scary that they believe every word we say too :) Precious.

  4. Kat,
    You guys are so sweet and thoughtful. What a beautiful family GOD has given you!
    Hugs and prayers, andrea

  5. Kat,

    Now I want to see pictures of the Texas shaped plastic box and just what cute and creative things you can do with it. How amazing it was that he thought of you!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat