|In case you couldn't tell, I'm the clown.|
That's just the kind of kids we were. I started singing it in that moment, and when I explained the song to my friend Dustin, his response was "you just HAVE to have kids!"
It's funny. Do I think good childhoods make people good parents? No, not exactly, but there is something about becoming a parent that seems like an exciting way to revisit your childhood. I think about my childhood every single day, and I would say that all of those memories are happy ones. I still remember words to the many songs my sisters and I made up and the rules to the games we also made up. We preferred to play made up games, almost exclusively.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this post, other than that memory and childhood are a funny thing, and I think you can bring them with you into adulthood in a really great way. Even if you don't have children, you can still make up silly songs about your cats and husband and play made up games together too. But I also think it would be really fun to do that with your own kid. Holidays and birthdays, the first day of school and summer vacation, that's got to be tons of fun to do all over with your children and see what they come up with too. A lot of my memories technically have nothing to do with my parents, it wasn't like they made up the silly song and taught it to me. But I know that being the kind of kid that I was has to do with them 100% thanks to the childhood they gave me. Family dinners with the responsibility of cleaning up afterwards, who knew it could lead to such a great thing? A special thing to be able to look back and think about whenever I want. I think they knew that all along.
My sister Rachel has been digitizing my grandmother's huge family photos collection for the past few months, and every once in a while, she will email me and my other sister Emily a real gem. The one at the top of this post makes me really happy. Rachel found it behind another photo, and based on the poor angle it must have been considered a mess up, but too good to throw away. Can you see our handmade signs in the background under the 46 too? So glad to have this picture to look back at when ever we want. I think my grandma knew that all along.
PS- I would like to add two disclaimers to this post. 1- no, I'm not having a kid any time soon, just thinking about this stuff. And 2- this post on Design Mom inspired me to write about the Cauldron of the Universe.