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It was a great activity. It taught the children how to give cheerfully and made them feel that even their little bit of money was important.
This afternoon, the memories of Penny Parade were brought to mind. I was helping Baby Girl clean up her blocks. I held the bucket for her and started singing an old Penny Parade song. It was a tactic my mom used to get us to clean up our toys. One of us would hold the bucket/box/container while the other kid(s) would sing and pick up the toys. It made clean up time more fun when you pretended you were repeatedly tossing pennies in the golden pan. Baby Girl, however, did not know that the singing of that song was a signal to start cleaning up. But I enjoyed the memory anyway.
I am a person who welcomes change, but The Penny Parade is one tradition I would excitedly bring back. If I was in charge.