I'm lucky. I fall into nostalgia on a regular basis thinking about growing up. My parents are still married, and my family is still intact. My parents weren't rich by any means, but securely middle class. With five kids, there was always a juggling act with finances I'm sure, but we weren't made aware of that. There were always great Christmases, summers spent camping and going to the beach, time playing with our cousins, and lots of love. The memory of childhood is powerful, and it's why I get teary eyed every time Frosty melts no matter how hard I tell my adult self snowmen can't come to life. It's why I know all the really important breaking news is announced by a frog in a trench coat, and not some partisan hack. Breaking the no tag backs rule gets you ostracized from the group, if only for a few minutes, and architectural wonders can be created with a cardboard box and some broken crayons.
I know I'm lucky, because there are people I know who's childhood memories aren't that great. I want Sabrina to look back on these years with fondness as I do. So far I'm sure we're on the right track. But we've got a lot to teach her. I'm listing my priorities below. Leave a comment and tell me what you still need to teach your kids so they have great childhood memories as well.
Things Sabrina Needs To Know:
- The secret identities of all the Super Heroes, and that no matter what anyone says talking to fish isn't really a useful super power (I'm looking at you Aquaman!).
- How to make twirly whirlies out of maple tree seeds, even if they are few and far between in Arizona.
- Picking out the best stick for roasting marshmallows.
- Blanket fort building.
- Even if he yells, it's still totally worth it to sneak up on Papa and drop an ice cube down his pants.
- Hand stands in the pool.
- Watching the (original) Star Wars movies with Daddy and Papa for the first time is important, even the one about the army of hamsters.
- The President of the United States is an important man no matter what grown ups say. Yeah even the last one.
- Frogs aren't gross until you're over the age of 10.
- How to throw a Frisbee and ride a bike.
- Digging a large hole in the back yard for no reason at all always seems like a good idea at the time, until your parents find out.
- Saying good bye to Ripley and Chase one day is going to be very hard, but Daddy and Papa will do their best to get you through it.
- Even if your prom date looks like Tyson Beckford or Brad Pitt, your fathers aren't going to like him. Stare at him yes, like him, no.
- Be awesome and show your personality in everything you do, no matter how strange it might seem, and your fathers will be there for you.