Jax had a box in his hands. It was covered in silver glitter and red and pink felt hearts, and he held it close to his chest, protecting it, as he ran to me with a huge smile. He straightened his arms, still holding the box in both of his hands, and presented the gift before me. It was an inexpensive cardboard box, but I could tell he was handing me his whole and entire heart.
When you show up to a friend's dinner party, do you bring a host or hostess gift? Absolutely! Unfortunately, these days many guests arrive expecting to be wined and dined -- but it should be the other way around. Hosts put a lot of time into preparing for and entertaining guests and you should always remember to say "thanks" with a thoughtful present.
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Some people think Mother's Day has become too commercial, and there are always those cranks around still harping on the US lagging behind other developed countries in providing high quality early child care, don't get them started on paid maternal leave or unequal pay for women. Not me: I'm all for mothers getting anything they can, bring it on, I mean, really, just make sure to give them enough stuff on Mother's Day to get them through the other 364 days of childcare without that village that never shows up to help.