The Dixon Family Fairness Doctrine. Hm. I was musing about this last night. One of our children (I do believe it was runningfan) finally put a label on our lifelong attempt to make things fair for our children...holiday gifts, birthday gifts, privileges, chores, etc. It would be so much easier NOT to. But every Christmas, the list gets made, every gift for every child listed, price posted, and totaled with love. Everyone has the same number of Christmas presents to open, even if it means purchasing somebody's favorite box of cereal and wrapping it up to make things even. Birthdays and graduation gifts all have a budget (which on occasion I admit we exceed...bah!) And then there is the whole dilemma that even if it costs the same, does it LOOK the same? Ah, there is where stress is born. And then we add the nuances of inflation and relative prosperity into the mix. Hm. All I can say, kids, is that hopefully you know we adore you all the same, and we TRY to be fair and square, always and forever, and that we love every minute of it. BTW, it never ends. If I buy something cute for one grandchild, is it fair to the others? I give up...I'm just gonna be a spontaneous granny! They will all get a turn.