The Best Gift

As I was working at my computer, my 8-year-old daughter, Nee, approached with a dejected look on her face.

“What’s wrong, sweetheart?” I asked as I pulled her towards me.

She sat on my lap and crossed her arm. “You didn’t even look at my Christmas present to you.”

“What are you talking about?” I asked. “You gave me an ornament and I hung it on the tree.”

“I’m not talking about that one,” she said. “I made you a card and you didn’t even read it.”

“You made me a card?” I asked sheepishly. “I guess I must have overlooked it. I’m sorry.”

“Hmmph,” she said.

“Where is it now?” I asked.

She reached into her pocket and pulled out a crumpled card shaped like a Christmas tree.

“Here,” she said shoving it into my face.

I gently took the card and read this message:

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for all you have done for me this year.

Love, Nee

I held back tears as I stared at the card. My daughter had poured out her heart to me and I had carelessly overlooked it. I pulled her closer to me and squeezed her tight.

“Thank you, darling,” I said. “That was the best Christmas present that I’ve ever received.”

She smiled and her cold demeanor melted as I kissed her on the cheek.

Stay Strong,

Question: What was the best Christmas gift you received?

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at