Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. gkid

    gkid said, about 4 years ago

    Yeah, Gramm~ I like this woman~way to go! :)

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 4 years ago

    If I had to chose between Alix’s two gifts, I’d go for the magnifying glass.

  3. DKendra

    DKendra said, about 4 years ago

    Go with the magnifying glass; she’s just impatient enough that it’ll be of more use than a microscope right now. Get her the microscope in a couple of years when she wants to know why the beetle has a hard shell and how a bumblebee flies despite its tiny wings.

  4. Robert Burtch

    Robert Burtch said, about 4 years ago

    Get them a decent microscope, but be preared to help then learn what they’re looking at, or they’ll lose interest. Lazy, ignorant parents tied to the TV don’t spark a kid to develop many deep interests.

  5. psychlady

    psychlady said, about 4 years ago

    Did you really think that one gift per person idea would work??

  6. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 4 years ago

    In that household alone, it would mean three gifts per person. If Joan’s family were included at least another four or five for a total of seven or eight gifts person.

  7. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Easy solution? Just get a microscope kit that includes a magnifying glass! There are many such on the market!

  8. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 4 years ago

    Microscope. Magnifying glasses are for birthdays. Duh!

  9. bigbeard61

    bigbeard61 said, about 4 years ago

    I’m all for the simplifying Christmas gift-giving… For adults. Kids need a sense of abundance at the darkest time of the year.

  10. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, about 4 years ago

    very hard to keep it at 1 gift until they are older. Also they will be getting gifts from Gramas and otheer relatives Right!

  11. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, about 4 years ago

    Most people are not going to be able to afford a good microscope. See if there are any youth programs through local schools or businesses that have microscopes (which has the advantage of also giving her access to a knowledgeable mentor). Buy her either a good magnifying glass or a dissecting microscope (good for a really close look at the bugs she loves).

  12. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 4 years ago

    Can’t help remembering that when I was a kid Mom would give me $5.00 to get everyone’s gifts! A necklace and scarf for her, a hankerchief and belt for Dad, some gewgaw for my friend – all done! Of course, Mom made $35.00/week when she started working at Sears.

  13. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, about 4 years ago

    What, they were talking about one gift only – period? I could see giving one gift to each person from each person – but all the aunts, uncles, grandmothers and parents combining to give only one gift total per child? Bah! Humbug! No matter what they do, the kids are going to be upset because the adults are changing the rules in the middle of the game. If money’s that tight, give up the $5 Starbucks three times a day and put the money in a Christmas club account at the bank…

  14. route66paul

    route66paul said, about 4 years ago

    parents always to get credit for the basics at Christmas. That is why there are underwear and tube socks for everyone wrapped under the tree.

  15. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 4 years ago

    Well, it was a good idea at the time! Dampwaffle has a good point… was it one gift per recipient or one gift per giver? Because then, one person could give her the magnifying glass and another person could give her a microscope.

    About the cigarettes and Starbucks though… I don’t see anyone smoking or going by the coffee shop in this strip, so those points aren’t applicable to this family. Maybe to some of us, it does apply, but then again we all make decisions that make sense to us.

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