Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup


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  1. gkid

    gkid said, over 1 year ago

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

  2. templo SUD

    templo SUD said, over 1 year ago

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

  3. somebodyshort

    somebodyshort said, over 1 year ago

    To put some of it into perspective
    Dampwaffle brought up the smoking and beer by parents and then limiting the kids. A $10 pack a day is $3,650 a year in smokes alone.
    I brought up the $100 angel tree budget for our kids which I don’t think was unreasonable given what was being done.
    Val and Joan have five kids between them plus the five adults. $100 per kid and $50 per adult I really don’t think is extravegant. Add in Christmas dinner all told for under a $1,000 is not outlandish against a pack a day habit.
    Given what a pair of jeans can cost a bigger gift and a few smaller ones for the kids is not bad. You don’t get much for a $100.
    That’s just my two cents worth. Each to their own as the situation demands and allows

  4. DKendra

    DKendra said, over 1 year 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.

  5. artybee

    artybee said, over 1 year 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.

  6. psychlady

    psychlady said, over 1 year ago

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

  7. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 1 year 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.

  8. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

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

  9. MayKitten

    MayKitten GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If you want good first microscope, Google Edmund Scientific. They have good microscopes cheap, you can get some nice professional scopes at an amateur price. BEWARE: If a microscope is under € 100 00 it is a cheap toy, and won’t hold up.

  10. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 1 year ago

    Microscope. Magnifying glasses are for birthdays. Duh!

  11. bigbeard61

    bigbeard61 said, over 1 year 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.

  12. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, over 1 year 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!

  13. whmIII

    whmIII said, over 1 year ago

    Weakening already…

  14. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, over 1 year 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).

  15. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 1 year 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.

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