Easter is approaching and many countries have chocolate eggs as a part of their Easter tradition, but in Iceland, we take it one step further. We also put sweets inside the egg. However, that’s not all; we also put a little note with a proverb or a saying in there. For example our proverb of the day: “Barnið vex en brókin ekki.”
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“Barnið vex en brókin ekki” directly translates to “The child grows, but the trousers do not”. Like many Icelandic sayings, this can be taken both literally and metaphorically.
The more metaphorical meaning is about growth in the sense of maturity. Throughout our lives we all develop as human beings and out-grow the definitions which once fit us.
“The child grows, but the trousers don’t” is a reminder that if something doesn’t serve you anymore, it’s okay to let it go: a nice sentiment and good reminder.
The literal meaning is plain to see; the message is that children grow out of clothes. A human child grows, a pair of trousers don’t, that is just a fact.
A typical problem parents have is that their children grow so fast that their clothes don’t fit for very long. A frustrating fact in our current society which demands we all, even children, wear stylish clothes and the latest fashion.
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This saying can be taken as a reminder to repurpose clothes instead of throwing them out once your child is too big for them. If your kid hasn’t worn the clothes much, someone else’s kid might want it. Donate your kid’s clothes when they grow out of it.
One thing we’ll never out-grow is eating a chocolate egg on Easter. We hope you enjoy yours.