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Sunday, March 23, 2008


Easter Economics

Very early this morning, I awoke to quarreling children.

They had discovered a few of the eggs I had hidden all over the house last night. It didn't take long for a fight to break out.

"It's not fair. You found too many!"

"Well, that's because I'm older than you and I know where to look."

"But you're not even giving me a chance."

I staggered downstairs to referee this egg hunt. I told them, "Look, why don't you two just look for as many eggs as you can find, and then when you're done we'll divide them up evenly so nobody has to feel bad."

My son's eyes grew wide, and he said with disgust, "But Daddy, that's communism!"

It's funny how he's learning things on his own. We haven't talked much at all about different socioeconomic systems. In the end, competition ruled the day and each kid collected all the eggs they could find on their own.

Candy was plentiful, the proletariat was happy, and the ruling class (mom and dad) continued to exploit the working class by taking 20% of the fruits of their labor. Yum!


Blogger Java said...

Happy Easter Phil and family.
We did the same, collected it all in a basket and then shared it out.

4:49 AM  
OpenID brettdl said...

Happy Easter!

BTW, I repeatedly tell my kids: "Life isn't fair."

I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

We have a communist state in our household.

Unfortunately Evan is Stalin

6:22 AM  
Blogger Jeff - OWTK said...

Now that is funny! You can try to use different colors for each of your kids so they are looking only for their eggs...that's what my parents do at their house for their 7 grandkids. Works pretty well...the kids even help each other when they pass an egg that isn't in a color their looking for.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Ed (zoesdad) said...

You've gotta love the 20% cut! In our house that cut is directly proportional to the behavior of the working class.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

That is hilarious! You've got a smart cookie there! (Mmmm...Easter cookies...must go now...)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Gargoyle said...

That's great! "Politics lecture on communism is now over, let me teach you something about FASCISM... Hand over all those eggs, you'll get what I give you!"

5:33 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

That's hysterical.

Tell them next time if they want a democracy they can buy their own damn eggs! ;-)

5:59 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

Awesome. Too funny. BTW, I saw your comment over at Dan's, people love you and you know it!

11:43 PM  
Blogger Melany aka Supermom said...

haha Very clever of him. Thankfully my kids don't mind sharing the loot at the end of the hunt!

12:09 AM  
Anonymous denise said...

LOL that is too funny! This year, I'm embarrassed to say, we just rejected the whole herd mentality altogether LOL.

11:01 AM  

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