To get an expression of gratitude from my son for ANY gift usually requires the obvious prompt of “What do you say?” After which a “Thank you” is uttered, with varying degrees of sincerity. Even if he loves a present, it just doesn’t occur to him to say thanks.
Recently, I decided it was time to upgrade from the 13 year old smallish TV and get a flat panel.
The TV was delivered in the morning, but I was working the evening shift so I wasn’t home to see their reaction.
At the hospital, my pager buzzed and I looked down and saw my home number.
I called back. The boy picked up, “Thank you Mommy. I love it,” he said in hushed tones. He then handed the phone back to Eric, who told me that the boy insisted on calling me, all on his own.
So that’s what I have to do to get some gratitude around here.