Dec 31, 2010
Happy Almost 2011! Although nearly 365 days have passed, I’ve sadly still not learned the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. But, more importantly, I have discovered several dance moves from my little guy, learned what kudus eat, and worn the Groucho Marx glasses more often than I’d like to openly admit (see 2010 resolutions).
So then, onto this New Year’s resolutions:
1. Have more days when Enlai and I sit on the sofa, just the two of us, and eat Pop Tarts, popsicles and popcorn and watch movies.
2. Understand the complex relationship between Buzz Lightyear and Woody.
3. Accept Enlai’s temporary fascination with his nostrils and peeing instrument (it is temporary, right?)
4. Have more pillow fights. But not with the Tempur pillows. My husband can insist all he wants that they’re pillows, but Enlai and I both know they’re bricks in pillowcases.
5. Let go of the need to encourage my little guy to start puzzles with the four corners and then the border. If he wants to start with the two pieces in the middle of the puzzle, practice serious restraint. Breathe deeply and just let it go.
6. Hold Enlai. Often.
7. Be more inventive with what his puppets say when he asks me to pretend to be the fairy, wizard, pirate, and mermaid characters. Once upon a time, the wizard decided to quit his job at Madame Jojo’s and take the train to visit his friends pirate and mermaid in Cornwall, where he could frolic on the beach and eat pasties all day long. But, while on the train, he met a beautiful fairy…
8. Write a letter to author and illustrator Jon Muth to tell him how much we adore him and Stillwater.
9. Find the best waterproof mascara and facial tissue money can buy for Enlai’s first day of big boy school.
10. Convince the little fella that Superman actually got his name because he eats so many superfoods. Ya, really, Clark Kent can only become a superhero if he regularly eats blueberries, spinach and tomatoes.
11. Travel to Africa, where Enlai insists he’s from.
12. Coin the phrase “benign kite parenting”. “Helicopter parenting” is so early 21st century and too, well, too helicopterish.
13. Allow the little guy to be “Destructo” when I build Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry structures with Legos and foam blocks.
14. Never, ever forget how I felt when Enlai looked at me one day and said, “Ma, you’re lovely.”