18 sounded plenty. Too many even that year when the diaper pail stunk all day, that year empty sippy cups were regularly launched from the backseat, that year when “why?” was the only word she knew.
But here you are, this year. And they’re over.
He doesn’t need you to tie his shoe anymore; she doesn’t need her hair braided into two tight pigtails. He doesn’t need his blankie; she doesn’t need a bedtime story.
Like yours, my mom ooohed and awed as if I’d given her a Hawaiian getaway. Those gifts were appropriate and appreciated when I was in elementary.
Wait. Admittedly going into business together is a little far.
Typically you don’t plan to run a company with that girl you scrutinized the first time your brother brought her home for dinner. But that’s exactly what happened to Rachel Tarro.
I’ll never forget Mrs. Boyd. She was the first person who said to me, “I think you could really pull this off. Why don’t you come by after school to talk about it?” I wasn’t sure what I could pull off and wondered what crime I’d committed to usher in an after school conference.
I also knew I couldn’t stand her up.
I decided to let my toddler lay squalling on the floor. I hoped the lying down would put her to sleep. Not likely, considering the ear-piercing volume of her afternoon fit. But I left her and rushed the baby to the changing table.
We think so much about our kids: what to pack for lunches, when to wash their jerseys, how to cart three different kids to five different parties, where their homework might be buried underneath piles of bedroom junk, what coordinating outfits they need for Fourth of July, and on and on.
Memories enrich a family by giving us a common language of shared experiences. I’ve enjoyed repeating some of the same recipes and traditions with my children that my mom shared with me and my siblings when I was little. Like an invisible cord, these traditions tie us together through the years.
As you plan to celebrate Eater this weekend with your family, here are several creative ways to create traditions and make the time together meaningful.
As a mom of three girls, she keeps a running list of her family’s needs: new shoes for the oldest, the next size for the baby, school clothes for her kindergartener. The list gets too long and feels too expensive most of the time. You know how it goes.