What do you do when it is time for your child to give up their beloved binky? Susan, from The Kitchen Designer, discovered the Giving Tree on a recent trip to Copenhagen, and we were astonished (and a little moved) by what she saw. Check out her Flickr photos, and read the explanation, below. She writes, "...when it's time for the child to give up their pacifier, or bottle or piece of cloth, and so on, the parent takes the child to the park and gives the item to the tree." We are struck by what a comforting ritual this might be for a small child, and since the tree is located in a public park, they are free to 'visit' their newly liberated binky, and take comfort in seeing how many other children have shared this experience.
If you click through the pictures in her Giving Tree set, it becomes apparent that there is a lot of love in this ritual. Some items are carefully protected in plastic, others have notes attached to them. Thank you, Susan, for sharing your wonderful find with us.