I was given a little birdhouse the other day by my foster daughter. She came home and rather unceremoniously handed it to me on her way to her room, whilst I was in the middle of a conversation with the woman who’d driven her home. So I set it down on a side table, finished my conversation, then went to check on the kid who was getting ready for bed.
Two days later, I notice the birdhouse sitting there. I picked it up and asked the kid to tell me what the deal was with the birdhouse.
She told me that she painted it special for me so that I can take it to Scotland with me next time and hang it in a tree. Then, I need to take photos of all the birds that come to visit it to send to her because she wants to know what Scottish birds look like.
So this is the way we do things I guess. When I leave the country, I am bound by duty to send photos of something to her. On my trip to England in September, she wanted airplane photos and on my upcoming trip to Canada, she wants pictures of my friends. And as I like to travel and take pictures, I’m totally OK with these requests!
But don’t be fooled. She always wants real presents – and real candy – from my travels. But she’s a sweetie, so I’m happy to oblige!