This is the question I get everyday at approximately 1:30 pm from my 5 year-old. It all started the first day of school for him. I dropped him off at school and went on my way. I had to be back to watch my baby when my husband left for work.
He was on cloud nine. He loves school. Before I picked him up from school, I had gone to the grocery store. At the checkout stand, I saw that York Peppermint Patties. He loves them, especially right out of the freezer. When I picked him up from school, I asked him what he had to eat that day. He said pizza. I said I got him a present. He asked what it was and I said it starts with "p" too. I started making the "p" sound and told him it sounded like pizza. When I told him what it was, he did one of his high pitched "woohoos." If you have heard it, you know what I am talking about.
Of course, that day when I bought the Peppermint Patties, I didn't know it was setting a precedence. The next day, when I picked him up, I got the question, "What is my present?" It has been that way ever since. When I was really sick and it took all my energy just to pick him up from school, one day I didn't have any more "presents" at home. Presents can be anything from food to a toy, generally. Thankfully he loves his baby sister, because one of those when I couldn't get enough energy to get him anything else, I told him his gift was getting to play with his baby sister. He was happy with that. I was happy that he was happy.
I felt bad, because some of the days when I was sick, I didn't feel like I should even leave the house. I had to keep him home from school. He had a bit of a cough, but he would have been fine to go. The problem was that I would not be able to pick him up. It would be terrible to strand a 5 year-old at school.
One of his favorite "presents" after school is "oyster skins." That is what he calls smoked oysters. It cracks me up. I don't know how many children like smoked oysters, but all of mine do. That includes my one year-old. I used to eat them whenever I thought to buy them. The last two times I had them, which is about 3 years ago, I would get sick within 30 minutes. I think I somehow managed to develop a food allergy. I haven't had them since then. I figured that it would be quite a coincidence if it happened both times and several weeks apart.
I am so thankful for my children. I am thankful that I can do little things for them. My older children remember that they would get little gifts when they were young too. It wasn't daily though. I have started to get them things also. I figure that it is only fair. They haven't missed a day of school yet. They want perfect attendance. I can't blame them for that. They are very smart children and they enjoy school.
I hope that someday my children remember this time in their lives and they try to make school, and coming home from school, a memorable experience for their children. I hope that is several years down the road though!