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Old 08-27-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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The last couple of times I've talked to Rabbit, I've grown more and more concerned about her younger son, Ben.

Ben is starting to feel left out, as any 8 year old would, given the circumstances.

I would like to see if we can gather forces, once again, to do something nice for him.

I'm totally open to ideas.

One thing I will say is that he absolutely LOVES Austin's blanket. I'm hesitant to suggest another blanket, but if there was enough interest, I think it would be terrific!

Other ideas? I am totally willing to do whatever legwork necessary.

Thanks all!

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Old 08-27-2008, 09:36 PM   #2
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Count me in whatever you decide to do. I have been following the threads & am planning to start Austin the Bear as soon as my prayer shawl is done. I think Ben is a hero for getting the hose! Maybe we could make something for him in a super-hero theme?
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I think doing something for Ben is a great idea. I had originally sent a fleece blanket from the Linus Projust for Austin and I would be more than happy to send one for Ben. I am not great at making granny squares though I would be more than happy to make a couple if someone is willing to seam another blanket.
Are there books or other things he would like if we tried to make a care package ? Do we know if he likes to draw, do puzzles, or play with action figures - things that he could play with at the hosp ? Seems like in some of the posts it sounds like he is really into Rabbit's knitting and her yarn....is there a yarn craft kit that could be sent to him?
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Ben does like superheroes, as well as the typical stuff that boys his age enjoy.

While he enjoys knitting, I'm sure it's not his primary focus, as one would expect for a child that age (although to be interested is unusual in and of itself).

I'm thinking that once Austin started receiving the postcards and the blanket, he started really feeling left out. So I wonder if something more personal would be the way to go.

I've thought about walking through Hobby Lobby and picking out some different crafts...maybe wrapping them up individually for him to open on different days.

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I don't have any ideas at the moment, but whatever is decided, you can count me in!
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As Chick said it really started after the 26 post cards in one day. I do have to say that LuLu2 did send a post card that was just for Ben along with Austin's. I have also pointed out to Ben that he has received some things from people here too. I expect a lot from my kids & at first was really upset about Ben's attitude but then I had to stop & remember that he is only 8 even though most of the time he acts much older. Some of the things he has said recently really remind me of the brother on the show Everybody Loves Raymond. He doesn't whine or pitch fits - he just every so often makes a remark about Austin being more important than him.
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For only being 8, I'm suprised he wasn't acting that way a bit sooner, what a great kid! Count me in for whatever is needed
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I can understand how Ben must feel. If he is crafty I think your idea of a few things from Hobby Lobby is great Nathalie. I will see what ideas you all come up with.
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Give him a hug from me, provided he'll put up with it, would you? It's perfectly normal to feel the way he does. Remind him that it isn't that Austin is more important, only that he really needs the attention right now, and it's okay for Ben to feel left out or ignored, and we'll try to do something about that
I'd like to help with the blanket. Things were so chaotic around here all summer that I couldn't offer before. (Now all we have to do is keep from getting flooded out by either or both hurricanes, but Ohio's always in the path no matter where they hit!)
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I'm game for another blanket and will do all of the work sewing again if anyone is game. I had BLAST doing Austin's blanket and when we sent Austin his magnadoodle lil' Mitchie picked out some yarn for Ben.

I can understand Ben feeling how he does. Its sort of like when a new baby is brought home from the hospital and everyone is SO into the baby.

So if we want to do blanket #2 I'm all for that and Ben likes the color green. Just let me know what we decide one.
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