Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Every year on New Year’s Day I have a tradition: I mark all of the year’s upcoming important dates on my calendar. I transfer all of my contacts into a new address book. I write my holiday thank you cards. I make lists, not of resolutions exactly, but lists of short term and long term goals.. All of these little chores help me feel like I am prepared for the year.
This year I didn’t get any of those things done on New Year’s Day. I wrote them down on a to-do list and I’ve been transferring them from list to list as the days, weeks, months go by. Finally today, with less than a week left until the beginning of May, I made the decision to let it go: just cross that all off the list and keep going.
I have not looked back. Instead, I have decided to follow my kid’s lead and do the following:
I will look up close at the stuff right in front of me and find the fascinating parts.
I will call out, “Hey batta, batta, batta, batta batta batta batta batta sa-wing batta!” whenever the mood strikes.
I will eat my favorite part of the supper first.
I will insist on wearing sweatpants as often as possible.
I will do some splashing in the bathtub because it’s fun.
I will hug the people I like.
I will get excited to put any amount, no matter how small, into the piggy bank.
I will do the “funny bottom dance.”
I will listen to animals.
I will wear the Darth Vader mask and make the weird breathing noises.
I will have a good time as often as possible.
(I think this could become my new tradition.)