Portia was up at 6 am this morning. All I can think of right now, while baby is napping, is whether I should take a nap or clean the house, or go through my pile of neglected papers, or or or. Nap! No, clean! No, nap. I’ll write a little blog post instead 😉
The other day I read a great post by Tracy Moore called “Holy Crap, a childhood is made up of only 940 Saturdays?” and I felt an immediate wave of nostalgia for all the Saturdays that have already passed in our daughter’s 20 month life. That’s 96 Saturdays that we will never get back! YIKES! Almost 1/9 of our daughter’s childhood that has been ‘used up’. Where do we even go from here?
After reading Moore’s post, I decided I wanted to make sure that, going forward, every single Saturday is a meaningful one. I decided that I needed to define ‘meaningful’ for myself, so that I wasn’t up in the middle of the night on Saturdays questioning whether I had succeeded or not, and these are the terms I came up with.
This is what the remaining 843 Saturdays of Portia’s childhood will look like:
- Quality playtime (no phones, no chores, no trying to squeeze in one more quick email) with mommy, daddy, family & friends
- Extra laughing, tickling, rolling in the grass & on the ground
- More running, jumping, hopping, hidding, peekaboo-ing
- Raffi for car rides
- New adventures (near and far from home), community events, diverse cultural experiences
- Less No’s, more Yes’s
- Puddles, sandboxes, beach & soil
- Tutu’s, cuddling & soft-serve
- Swims, strolls, & bike rides
- Stories, songs, raspberries & Arrowroots
Obviously, this list will grow as Portia does and there will be new ways of making Saturdays the best they can be.
But for today, Saturday #97, I’m looking forward to checking off as many items on my “list of meaningful” as we possibly can.
North Shore Mama
**What is on your “list of meaningful”? I would love to hear how you spend Saturdays with your family. Please leave a comment below.**