Today, my little Evy graduates from nursery school. I came up with 10 tips that I hope she carries with her as she enters kindergarten and through life.
1. Share. It’s true: sharing is caring. Whether you’re a pro in your field with information to share or just have an extra (healthy, non-gluten) cookie, sharing is an easy act of kindness.
2. Look both ways before crossing the street. Yes, even if you’re texting. (Especially if you’re texting.)
3. Wash your hands before eating. The sandbox may still be one of the germiest places of all time (in my head anyway), but the subway is pretty darn gnarly too. A little soap and water does everyone good – especially if you’re sharing.
4. Use your imagination. Spend time day dreaming, using art and words to express yourself and never lose sight of what makes you happy.
5. Play fair. Follow the rules, watch out for your teammates and don’t play dirty. No one likes a cheater. And no biting…outside of the bedroom (if you’re into that sorta thing).
6. Find a buddy. A true buddy that accepts every little quirk and annoying habit that you have. Companionship across species is a necessary means of survival. Literally, it can be a matter of life or death. Find true friends and hold onto them.
7. Say you’re sorry. It’s amazing how far two words can take you in the world. Admit mistakes and learn from them. Say, “I’m sorry.” Your ego will forgive you for the minor discretion.
8. Clean up after yourself. No one likes a slob (Pig Pen is working on setting a better example!) – and, trust me, the cuteness points don’t work now, and definitely won’t work when you are 25. Face it: you ‘aint getting any cuter than the 3 and a half foot version of you.
9. Keep your pants on. This brings up to two key points: don’t moon in a five mile radius of where you live and straight from your Pop PoP’s mouth, “You breed ‘em, you feed ‘em.”
I still can’t believe that I have been a mother for over a decade now. The three little piglets have taught me so much and have brought me such joy, but scare me more than anything in the world. The responsibility can be overwhelming and their needs are a moving target. I can only hope I am creating three good people and making positive deposits in their memory banks.