i feel like the older she gets, the better suited i am to being her mom. i loved her as a baby, so fragrant and mysterious, but i am having a lot more fun with her these days, as an interactive human bean. i predict that my perfect mothering age will probably be 8-12 or so, since i love activities and projects and roald dahl. but this age, right now, is pretty great too.
so due to her human bean status upgrade, i've been thinking a lot about the traditions i'd like to raise her with. especially since the shape our future will take is so unknown right now, i would like to set down some roots in the customs that we follow together each year. this little blog doesn't get too many comments, but i would truly love to hear from any of you dear readers out there about your favorite traditions that you grew up with, not just this season but any time of year.
we do a curry night (usually in october) instead of thanksgiving each year with my mom's side of the family, with overflowing bowls of rice and a dozen little bowls of different toppings (peanuts, pineapple, coconut) and two huge simmering pots full of the curry that my dad spent an entire heavenly-smelling day slaving over. my mom gets small favors for the little ones (last year it was a couple of bugs that stuck to the wall, then walked slowly down to the ground). another tradition we have is of opening one gift the night before christmas, then reading the polar express and night tree out loud. on valentines day, my mom always had a little prettily wrapped gift waiting for my brother and me on our breakfast plates in the morning. and for birthdays, the kitchen is decorated with streamers the night before, so when you wake up, the ordinary has been transformed into something far more exciting, just for you. these are all such little things, but some of my happiest memories of childhood revolve around these dependable traditions.
i'm sure i'll be incorporating many of them into sho's growing-up, but the thought that i can just sit down and make up my own traditions for shoshi's childhood is rather intoxicating. i'd love to hear any suggestions! xo