Before I got married (a time my 8-year-old refers to as “the olden days” or better yet, “the nineteen hundreds”) I received a picnic basket as a bridal shower gift.
It was a nice idea and I appreciated it of course, but my husband and I never got much use out of it.
It wasn’t that we were anti-picnic, but life just got in the way. Before I knew it the picnic basket was in the basement collecting dust along with my ankle weights and collection of Clay Aiken CDs (I was kind of a Claymate for period of time).
(By the way did you see him on Celebrity Apprentice? Thoughts/comments?)
Back to the picnic basket. I regret not using it pre-kids because the idea of lying in bucolic splendor somewhere having my husband feed me grapes is an image I enjoy.
I didn’t even remember the picnic basket was there until one day when my toddler was in the basement “helping” me do laundry. She found it and was immediately fascinated.
I got it off the shelf and she opened it up and was delighted to find red gingham napkins, little plastic wine cups with detachable stems, and matching plates and silverware. Since she has so much fun hosting tea parties it stands to reason that she’d love the picnic basket too but it had never occurred to me.
She’s been asking ever since if we could go on a real picnic, and weather-permitting that’s the plan for this weekend.
I’ve rounded up some great, toddler-friendly picnic finds if you’d like to plan one too. Clay Aiken background music is, of course, optional.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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