Mini Treasure Box Person: Mummy, I like ‘X’ (Insert name of any toy / DVD / etc currently advertised on children’s TV)
Mummy Treasure Box Person: Yes, they’re nice, aren’t they?
Mini Treasure Box Person: (Insert name of cousin / friend / random child at playgroup here) has one of those.
Mummy Treasure Box Person: Do they?
Mini Treasure Box Person: I’d like one of those!
Mummy Treasure Box Person: We’ll see / Maybe one day / Well, not at the moment
Then comes THE MUMMY LINE: Don’t forget what we said about not asking for new things all the time, especially at the moment… You’ve just had all those lovely new things for Christmas!
And I realise that yet again, I’ve opened my mouth and my mother has come out!
It’s really no wonder that our children fall into the ‘I’d really like…’ trap. For our own family, birthday season filled the autumn, closely followed by the run up to Christmas. It felt like months and months of them being asked what they wanted, not only by well-meaning friends and family, but also by total strangers!
In truth, we’re enjoying many happy wintery days playing with the gifts they have received, but the ‘I want’ habit is hard to kick, isn’t it? And it’s not just a challenge for our children.
We chose to explore the story of ‘The Little Gate,’ this month to help us think through some of these issues; perhaps offering a helpful, healthy challenge to the ‘I want’ culture we are all living in. I love the illustrations Mick Inkpen provides in this retelling, with the poor camel offloading his baggage, piece by piece. Whether Jesus was speaking of a small gate, or an actual sewing needle, that’s a helpful image for us to reflect upon as we ‘seek ye first the Kingdom of God.’
Creative Director of The Treasure Box People