I read a couple of advice columns every day – makes me feel better about my life choices. A couple of days ago, the advice seeker was complaining about how much work his wife was putting into preparing their kids’ lunches. She has cookie cutters for decorating their sandwiches, debates with the kids about which items goes in which lunch box compartment, includes little notes. The writer thinks this is a complete waste of her time.
I am that woman. When YA was little I usually had wheat bread and light wheat so that I could use cookie cutters to make dual-toned sandwiches. Until she was about 11 we had some seriously over-engineered birthday parties with themed games, food and goodie bags. (Child enjoyed these very much at the time although she says she doesn’t remember them well.) I make little treats for my office mates on various holidays, send mountains of greeting cards; those of you in book club know that I can’t stay away from bringing a potluck item themed to the book we’ve read. Can we say Pi Day?
This is not competition. In fact, when I meet someone who also likes to celebrate like I do, we usually end up comparing notes and collaborating. I met a woman about 4 years ago who can outdo me with one arm tied behind her and she gave me a great tip. Whenever you get a new stamp set or die, you have to make at least 4 cards with it before you’re allowed to put it away. Life changing for me. I sent her a thank you card.
So all of this is to say that today, about the time that today’s blog was being posted to the trail, I was sneaking around my neighborhood in the dark, delivering May Day baskets!
What would you like in your May basket (size is no object today)?