I’ve said this before, but I agree with my Dad that the best part about being a parent is getting to do things all over again. You get to experience the thrill of riding down a big slide for the first time by yourself. The amazement at your first trip to the zoo. The excitement about Christmas and the pleasure of opening presents. By participating with your kids — the things you forgot about years ago become new and fresh again.
It’s not just the big things either, it’s also the universe of little things. The things you may not realize were even AWESOME! to begin with. The other day I took NikkiZ to PetSmart to get two harnesses for the dogs. She had never been inside the place and about freaked out when she saw people with their dogs, and tanks of fishes, and cages of birds. I didn’t even realize the THRILL! potential that store had on a two-year-old. Then, I took her to watch some dogs getting groomed and she stood mesmerized for 10 minutes. Who knew a dog haircut could be so exciting? But that’s exactly what it was. When I told her we’d go back again sometime and take one of our our dogs she actually said, “I’m so excited!”
This week at the grocery store, we bought our first box of popsicles for the summer. I swear she’s had them before, but maybe not since last summer and there is a huge difference in cognition between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2. Whatever the reason – she thinks they are the most AMAZING THINGS EVER. She wakes up saying, “Can I have a popsicle after dinner?” almost every morning. Throughout the day she’ll just spout out, “I love popsicles, Momma.” When it’s time to go outside and eat our popsicle? She’ll squeal, clap her hands and announce, “I’m gonna eat a POPSICLE!” I mean – heaven forbid someone miss out on her thrilling culinary experience. We all will grab popsicles now and join her. We want to be part of the experience so some night you’ll see four people on our front porch, hanging out and eating popsicles.
And I don’t even like popsicles.