If I don’t get out of the house every day I feel stuffy. This became especially true when I became a mom. For my sake and my daughter’s rain or shine, we try to get out even if it’s for a walk around the block. She loves to observe people and the world around her. Me, I love observing her observe everything and anything. I usually signal walk time with some sort of variation of the following:
What time is it?
It’s time for our walk.
You ready for our walk?
Okay, let’s go for a walk!
This little speech is met by yeah ( or what I interpret as yeah, it could Dah) and a smirk.
Bottle? Check. Snacks? Check. Teethers/ Toys? Check and check. Pre-packed diaper bag? Super check!
And off we go.
Most walks don’t have a destination or itinerary. We’re open to whatever possibilities present themselves. I try to take a different route each time or try to end up somewhere new to keep it interesting for both of us. Creating little traditions with your children doesn’t require a lot they just require you to be present. That presence is gold to them, I always feel an immense bout of gratitude whenever we lock eyes on our walk. My hope is that one day she’ll look back and remember our little rituals fondly. Savour these moments, today they are 1 or 2 or 12 tomorrow they’re 21 or 31 creating rituals with their own children.