Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. gkid

    gkid said, about 2 years ago

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

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 2 years ago

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

  3. somebodyshort

    somebodyshort said, about 2 years ago

    To put some of it into perspective
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    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.
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    I brought up the $100 angel tree budget for our kids which I don’t think was unreasonable given what was being done.
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    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.
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    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.
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    That’s just my two cents worth. Each to their own as the situation demands and allows

  4. DKendra

    DKendra said, about 2 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.

  5. artybee

    artybee said, about 2 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.

  6. psychlady

    psychlady said, about 2 years ago

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

  7. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 2 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.

  8. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years 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, about 2 years 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, about 2 years ago

    Microscope. Magnifying glasses are for birthdays. Duh!

  11. bigbeard61

    bigbeard61 said, about 2 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.

  12. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, about 2 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!

  13. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, about 2 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).

  14. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 2 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.

  15. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, about 2 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…

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