This is an awesome thread! Thanks for all the great ideas!
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6/11/08 at 9:05pm
When threads like this come up, I am always reminded of a heartwrenching scrapbooking page I saw once. It was by a single mom and about her relationship with her now-grown daughter. She one day asked her daughter about her favorite childhood memories. The daughter said "I remember one time we had a picnic, on the living room floor, for dinner. We used the fancy china. I felt so special, and loved."
The mom's recollection: She was so poor she couldn't put food on the table for dinner. She put out what little she had. She figured her daughter would always remember this as the lowest of the low days, the worst of the worst poverty, etc. So she made it fun, putting a picnic blanket on the floor instead of eating at the kitchen table. She made it as fancy as she could with the nice plates. All she had to offer for dinner that night was one measly can of sardines they had to share.
To her, it was one of her worst days as a parent. To her daughter, it was one of Mom's best.
Having a ton of money isn't what makes childhood great.