When Nate Grows Up…

When Nate Grows Up

by Amy on July 31, 2012

in Parenting

…there are certain things I hope he recalls from his childhood with happy nostalgia.

He’s growing up so fast now, and changing even faster. He is beginning to talk in complete sentences, often saying things that are surprisingly delightful. It feels like it’s getting easier, this parenting gig, and this fills me with hope for the future.

It seems like my own childhood was just yesterday. I have many happy and vivid memories of being a kid. I remember things like my mom surprising me with the latest Sweet Valley Twins novel on my bed when I got home from school and my dad taking my brother and I for a walk in the woods to see all of the cool leaves and giant fungi growing on the trees there. These are the kinds of warm memories I want for our Nate.

Here are ten things I hope Nate will honestly be able to say when he grows up.

Mom cooked lots of nice dinners for us.

Mom taught me a lot about growing food in a garden.

Dad did lots of fun things with me, like playing soccer, taking bike rides, and going fishing.

Our house was a place that always felt comforting and safe.

Although I was an only child, I didn’t feel lonely very often.

Reading was an important part of my life as a kid.

Mom and Dad gave me lots of hugs and kisses and also gave each other lots of hugs and kisses.

Holidays were a special time with lots of treats and surprises.

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents.

In our house, we respected each other, treated each other with kindness and used our manners with one another.

What things do you hope your children will be able to say when they grow up and think back upon their childhoods?