Unfortunately, this is going to be a rather materialistic post.
I made a promise to the kids...that I would bring them something from America. I very rarely promise special treats, let alone from a specific place. What was I thinking? The kids have all they need materially, although many of their worldly possessions are rather uniform and impersonal.
But I was going to be missing some of their birthdays, as well as a few holidays, and I wanted to give them something to look forward to. So I made a promise. I am really just thinking of some kind of souvenir that they will find interesting and fun.
But now I can't figure out what that present should be. If it's candy they will eat it all immediately. Clothes are boring. They receive stickers at their lessons regularly. Christian paraphernalia is a bit tacky, and they don't exactly need something that says "Jesus loves me" all over it in English. I think that something like a box of markers would be more interesting: it's longer lasting and has more possibilities. But if they all get the same thing, they will fight over whose is whose. It must be something that I can get in 10-15 different versions.