In 1978, it was my 9th birthday and I asked for a chessboard and a book to learn and pratice chess until the tournament at boyscouts group. My parents gave me a chessboard and a book for begginers, something like "chess for dummies"... After 30 years they all are in good shape: chessboard with original pieces, book and my parents.
My nephew and niece came to visit us last summer in december 2007, he is 8 years old and always look after his 5 years old little sister, beautiful children! He knows how to play chess and we did play one game, never finished. He likes to play chess so I gently ask him to teach his little sister while I had some work to do.
I was so proud telling my nephew that I got that chessboard when I was at his age now, then he looked me in the eyes and says: - "So... What exactly do you mean?"
I guess that was when I told him to teach his little sister some chess...