In the mail today, addressed to Ella, was a religious story book.
From a religious family member.
Who KNOWS we are not a religious family. Knows beyond a shadow of a doubt because she and I have had several conversations about it.
There was no note, no card, in the envelope... just the book.
I am conflicted. On the one hand I want to be polite and say thank you. I want to honor the sweetness that someone thought of my daughter and spent the time and effort to send her something.
On the other hand, I don't plan on letting her keep the book. She is "reading" it now, but it will probably disappear as soon as her attention wanders.
I am trying to find a way to say thank you… but also please don’t give my child religious books or toys etc in the future. I want to be polite and respectful… but also firm.
Am I being too sensitive? Should I just disappear the book and not say anything?