We were given a helpful handout from hospice to start crucial conversations which we didn't need at all because we had the kind of relationship that left nothing unsaid. We were still connected by a cosmic umbilicus that meant we shared. And shared. One of the questions was, "What is your favorite gift from your loved one?"
And my mom got choked up and said, without a hint of hesitation, "All the things you made me."
I feel the same way today about my boys. I love all the things they made me, chief among these, being made a mom. But I also love and cherish the ceramics, paintings, stained glass creations, notes, drawings, string necklaces, 3D printed knick knacks, mud sculptures, and Lego creations.
Funny ending to the story: right after this exchange with mom, a toothpaste commercial came on TV and she said she didn't like that show. I started laughing and told her that was fine; she only had about ten more seconds of it, and, realizing her mistake, she started laughing, too. Because honestly it's all rather ridiculous when seen through a microscope. Although tooth and gum health is no joke.
Anyway, look around for all the things your loved ones make you. And feel free to turn the channel if you don't like the commercials.