“I won’t tell you who has you, but it’s spelled D-A-D,” says my Kindergartner Kate casting an aren’t-you-impressed-by-what-I-can-spell look around the table. Her little brother Luke scrunches his eyebrows in attempt to decipher the cryptic message.
This year we decided to draw family names and make a homemade gift for that person. We know an other family who does this and they make each other the most beautiful, thoughtful things. The anticipation of who has who keeps them giddy all season long. The problem is, my kids can’t keep a secret. At all.
As soon as any of the kids suspect I’m pregnant, every neighbor, checkout lady and fast food cashier knows. Thinking of moving? My kids will have teachers calling the house and real estate agents at your door asking if the rumors are true.
As soon as we drew the names, the kids turned into shaken up cans of soda pop, ready to erupt with the slightest bit of pressure. And, of course, pressure was applied.
“Who do you have! Who do you have???” giggles Kate.
“I’m not teeeeellliinngg!” chants Andy.
And then start the clues. Clues so obvious, Inspector Clouseau could decode them in a snap.
“My person rhymes with…”
“My person likes…”
And before you can say “red-nosed reindeer” they all look at each other with knowing eyes and big grins. But one surprise remains (well, six actually.) What will everyone make? Homemade gifts require some thought and someone to drive you to the craft store and supervise you using a glue gun, staple gun and/or sewing machine. Or in the baby’s case, someone to do it for you. So here’s the rub: they can only get help if they keep their lips zipped. No exceptions. So guess who the grand secret keeper is now?
Want to know what we are all making?
Can you keep a secret?