Remember back to your childhood? What were some of your favorite family traditions. For me, my family traditions tend to center around food and conversation: enjoying coffee and cookies for breakfast with my pawpaw or sharing hot tea and toast with my mom. Those are my rose -colored comfort moments. As a stressed out workaholic mother, I have so enjoyed sharing those peaceful (albeit calorie ridden) family traditions with my children. The boy and I love coffee and cookies for breakfast. The girl and I have tea dates.
Even as an adult, I’ve done everything I can to make sure we have family traditions with my own children that I hope they remember fondly, too.
By putting family traditions as a priority, and making them fun and memorable, it’s my chance to pass down what’s most important to me. Mental snapshots and my camera roll help me to remember some of the best times we’ve had as a group or even when I’ve had one-on-one time with each of my kids.
It’s my hope that they’ll have their own mental snapshots stored away.
It might not always be literally stated in a verbal way, but it’s important to have those conversations, too.
How we want people to feel when being around us is part of our lineage. And if we’ve done things the right way, that lineage lives on after we do. It’s in the traditions and values we’ve been able to share now. Woven together, all these moments mean something not just for us, but for the loved ones we cherish.
And the great thing about it is that we get a chance to make new memories every single day.
What’s your lineage?