I have time to spare during a night out with a friend.
Since I promised the kids I would bring something for them, I decided to look around. I saw toys, cookies, candies, clothes; the usual things. But I wanted something special so I skipped those.
I went inside a bookstore and found: a drawing book and a set of crayons.
I still have 30 minutes before my date arrive; so I went inside McDonald's (because it was not full and I found a nice private place for what I have in mind); bought an ice cream on cup and created my 'something special' for the kids.
For MC, I drew a naughty, very green frog and wrote her a short love note. For IC, I went for a big, very red rose and wrote her a short love note.
In my love notes, I thanked them for the things that they have lovingly done for me the past days. I folded those drawings with the secret 'I Love You' fold of my youth. Simply folding the paper into three :D
The girls were asleep when I got home. I tucked my love notes where they could see them immediately upon waking up.
In the morning, they were so excited to see my notes. I explained to them how I folded the paper into 'I Love You'. They were amazed!
MC read the notes in secret but hugged me tightly because the frog is cool. I had to read IC's love note for her; and she said her rose is beautiful. They compared notes afterwards; both feeling proud.
'I didnt get to buy you things, so I decided to just draw and write notes,' I told them.
To which MC said, 'Mama, the drawings and the notes are the best gifts,' while IC nodded vigorously in agreement.
The story doesnt end there. After school, I received a drawing from IC, folded neatly in the 'I Love You' fold that I taught her that morning :D