Thoughts on giving and receiving

After a grumpy little incident involving my Bird, my mom, and a pair of brand new jeans, Bird and I had this exchange at bedtime.

Mama: You know, when someone gives you a gift you don’t really like, most of the time you just say “thank you” and move on.

Bird: Why?

Mama: So you don’t hurt the person’s feelings. Think about how you would feel if you gave someone a present and they said they didn’t like it.

Bird: Oh. It would hurt my feelings. Ok.

Mama: So… what if I gave you… a hat you didn’t really like?

Bird: I would say “thank you.”

Mama: What if I gave you… a really ugly shirt?

Bird: I would say “thank you.”

(( long pause ))

Bird: What if I gave you a fart?

Mama: Well, I guess I’d have to say “thank you.”

(( long pause, giggles))

Bird: I just farted, mom.

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