My youngest son just turned seven. In first grade, it’s still a big deal to bring in treats on your birthday. So I offered to make all the usual kid-faves: chocolate chip cookies, Rice Krispy treats, brownies, etc. (On principle, I refuse to make cupcakes anymore. It’s too disheartening to see all those kids lick off the frosting and throw out the cake.) He turned down everything I suggested because he had other ideas.
Someone in his brother’s class had recently brought in a specialty from our local bakery: donuts on a stick. These treats were apparently the talk of the lunch room that day, and Lou wanted to be the first first grader to bring them in. So I called the bakery and ordered a couple dozen decorated in boy colors.
I have to admit, they’re cute and kind of novel. And although I think $1 apiece is a little pricey for their small size, I guess it’s a small price to pay for avoiding the hassle of making the donuts myself (I don’t do well with hot oil), and they made him awfully happy.
Of course, the presents didn’t hurt, either.0