When I was little, I had a bunny bowl. It was a cermaic type bowl that had little bunnies all around the edge, and a picture on the bottom of little bunny children in some sort of buny scene. I had to eat out of that bowl. I can recall being so excited to finish my meal just so I could see the picture on the bottom of the bowl. (Isn't it funny what gets little kids excited?!?) It was special. It was my bunnybowl.
Now I haven't thought about my bunnybowl in quite some time. I'm all grown up now, and I don't thnk the thrill of finding a picture on my plate after my meal is over would be quite the same as it was. (Too bad, really. I wish us grown-ups could still see the world with the same sense of wonder a child has. Wouldn't it be great if we could stay like that?)
Well today, I was shopping for a gift for my friends Shannon and Jason, who just had a little baby boy. I was not totally looking forward to shopping for this gift. I always have a hard time with gifts. I want it to be meaningful, to be special. These are good friends of mine, and while sleepers are good, and very practical, I wanted to get something more. But what? I was drawing a blank. I'd love to have the money to buy them some beautiful pice of furniture or a really wonderful stroller or something like that. But I don't. And I don't know what they have or what they need. I also don't even konw what colour the nursery is. Bah. I had resigned myself to wandering the isles of Babies-R-Us coveting the big fancy baby gifts and not being satisfied with a rattle or a sleeper.
That is, until a display or red boxes caught my eye.
There they were! All kids of different sets - plates, cups, bowls, cutlery... It was perfect! A practical, but keepsake gift for Joshua that has all kinds of meaning as a gift from me because of the fond memories I have of MY bunnybowl.
I can't wait to give it to her!
(I kinda made it a bunny theme, too, picking up some great board books: Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, and Guess How Much I Love You. They're all about bunnies! This poor kid's gonna get bunnied to death! Oh well.)