Just got a special e-mail from the Easter Bunny, giving me clues as to what he might be putting in the Easter baskets of all the kids with type 1 diabetes. I thought it might be nice to share it with you …
Dear Mary Kate,
This year I’m going big on hard-boiled eggs for your daughters’ baskets, as well as stickers, beanie babies, bunny-shaped little purses, chick pencils, little pads of paper, art supplies and other non-candy goodies. For the egg hunt, I’m doing a combination of hard-boiled eggs and plastic eggs with nickels, dimes and quarters inside!
I am going to put one chocolate bunny in each basket, the kind that come in a box and have a label with the carbs on the outside. Generally, when I visit kids with diabetes, I stay away from Peeps and other marshmallow treats and try to do more chocolate, which has less sugar. In fact, the sugar-free chocolate peanut butter cups are pretty good, my customers with diabetes tell me. Sometimes I give them jelly beans, but I’m more likely to give them sugar-free gummy bears.
The most important thing I do is give all the kids in the same house, the same stuff. The last thing I’d ever want to do is single out the child with diabetes and give them a separate basket different from the others. That way the kids can trade back and forth equally and share what they have. It makes us feel like we’re all on the same team, and that the Easter Bunny knows all about diabetes and wants to help.
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Published On: April 15, 2006