Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Fun Mama?

Last spring, my husband called me to let me know there was a yard sale around the corner from our house and they had toys and baby items. So I bundled up my baby girl and went to check it out. They were selling some of the Playskool endangered species toys that we didn't already have (the chunky ones that roar) and a few pushy-walky toys (like the one with balls in the bubble and they pop when you push it). I was able to get several cool toys for just a few dollars. As I was shopping, the resident preschooler informed me that he was selling lemonade and cookies and I would be expected to buy from him also (as only preschoolers can get away with). When we got home with our new toys, lemonade and cookies, we sat on our porch and watched as a dump truck delivered gravel to the house next door. It was a lot of excitement for a then 14 month old girl who had never had lemonade or seen gravel dumped.

That was the day that I realized that I wanted to provide fun experiences for my daughter whenever possible. I didn't have to buy the lemonade, but it made the child selling it happy. And we didn't have to watch the dump truck. I had plenty of other things to do. But she enjoyed sitting on the porch with me and watching and waving at the driver.

Not long after that, I saw Stacy Julian on Scrapbook Memories (PBS scrapbooking show) and she talked about making the little things special. Like putting sprinkles on your child's yogurt or oatmeal, and spending the extra dollar on character bandages.

I've been stocking up on sprinkles when I find them on clearance, and I picked up a few character bandages of characters that I don't mind (Curious George and Strawberry Shortcake specifically). I try to make sure that we have fun on a regular basis. I don't think that planning to have fun is going to be a bad thing. I believe that fun is an important part of life and I hope to teach my child to find the fun just like my Mama taught me.

1 comment:

UK lass in US said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - it's nice to know that some Americans wait to open their presents on Christmas morning!

I liked this post. I love how looking at things from a child's perspective really makes you slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.