I have a mental list that I seem to just build upon when I’m with my children. Okay, sometimes I make little notes to add to that list even when the children are not with me, but it happens. The list is a tongue in cheek “guide to life” of dos and don’ts that I think could potentially be helpful. (Or, at least good for a laugh, most likely at my expense.) Some are serious, and very “captain obvious,” while others are just flat out silly. 🙂
– look both ways before crossing the street, parking lot, or bike path.
– don’t date bass players
– laugh, every single day
– remember that the badas*es who appeal to us in youth can be extremely difficult to grow old with
– quoting Monty Python in public is always a good time
– impersonating Achmed the Dead Terrorist, also a good time
– dance (even if it’s a wild freestyle that only you can do)
– mix prints and patterns once in a while (then watch people get irritated)
– take risks, but make sure they are calculated risks (that means: talk to me first)
– play “what if” games (but not of the worried sort): a good starter would be, what if Hogwarts were real? What would you study? (My daughter and I would totally need a time turner like hermione)
– never become an Ellen Jamesian, literally or figuratively.
– sing. At the top of your lungs, as often as possible.
– break SOME rules (again, please consult me first)
– figure out your super power as soon as possible
– make your dreams reality
– never give up
– play twister
– love yourselves, and others (but, as my dad would point out, you have to love yourself FIRST)
– amendment to the bass player warning: just don’t become a groupie
– get a blackbelt
So, there’s my wacky list. I’ll probably share it with the kiddos. When they are older. Like, thirty. 🙂
Blessings to you all…