We were delighted to spend Easter Sunday with my daughter-in-law’s family in a Chicago suburb this past weekend. One of the best things about Easter Sunday is having a few kids around for the egg hunt.
Hunt they did. About ten of them ages seven and younger slipped through the damp grass in their new shoes to find eggs filled with chocolate treats. The parents managed not to punch each other in the process. That’s something I always consider an important measurement of family success.
The fun, at least for an outside observer like myself, came as the children huddled to scan their loot. While the original goal was ten filled eggs per child it was obvious there was a little egg disparity after the gathering. One of the mothers suggested to her daughter, one of the older girls in the group, that she share a couple of her eggs with her younger cousin.
“Why would I want to do that?” the girl asked.
I couldn’t help it. I laughed out loud. I turned my head and tried to make it look as though something else had amused me, but it was probably a little obvious. I mentioned to my son “It looks like we found the Republican in the group,” in a quiet mumble. He rolled his eyes in reply.
No, I don’t see any need to train a child away from that instinct. She didn’t slap any of her cousins to the ground to gather her eggs. Nor was she told she could find only ten and then needed to stop. Why would she want to give her eggs away after she’d worked to collect them?
It’s an interesting thought as the chant to tax the rich moves to a fevered pitch prior to the election. Why not, instead of taxing the rich more, simply tell the rich they may only collect a certain amount in income instead? Wouldn’t that allow those lesser wage earners the opportunity to earn more?
Come on. I dare you readers begging for higher tax rates to give me a good argument on this one.