Update on Easter basket

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      — Suzanne Fesmire Gibbons <pseuzanne@yahoo.com>


      > I truly appreciate all the comments about my Easter

      > basket conundrum. What I realized is that there is

      > no

      > ONE perfect answer. It really is up to me. I think

      > what bothered me the most was that I had already

      > decided to skip the Easter basket, and felt “peer

      > pressure” to do it. I’m 37 years old…you would

      > think

      > I would be past peer pressure by this point in my

      > life! I guess we can all be susceptible to that,

      > especially when it is someone whose opinion we

      > value.


      > I decided to bring back everything but the book.

      > Reading is her absolute favorite, so I know she will

      > love the book. She already owns a toothbrush and

      > bubbles, so those were unecessary. I already own

      > several baskets that would be the right size for her

      > to put stuff in and carry around, so I can just let

      > her play with those.


      > I did, however, have a fun idea. I really love

      > summer

      > and the beach, so I am going to start a new

      > tradition

      > with my daughter… a “Summer Basket”. On Memorial

      > Day

      > I’ll fill a sand bucket, beach bag, or something

      > like

      > that with the essentials she’ll need to enjoy the

      > summer. I can put in sunglasses, a hat, a swimsuit

      > in

      > her new size, a couple cheap beach toys from the

      > dollar store, and a pair of shorts and t-shirt for

      > the

      > first really warm day. I will have alot of fun

      > putting

      > that basket together, and celebrating the arrival of

      > summer with her. Best of all, they are things she

      > needs anyway, so no guilt about spending the money.

      > The clothes can be from a thrift shop – she won’t

      > know

      > the difference at this age.


      > Thanks again for the input.


      > Suzanne


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