My children and I found a way to honor my almost 13 year old daughter’s wish yesterday. She stated at the beginning of October that she wanted to go to a Pumpkin Patch this year. Something she hasn’t done since a preschool field trip. With sports activities, birthday parties and all the other busyness that falls on the weekend, I didn’t see it happening. I too loved the idea, but adding one more thing felt heavy and not likely.
Turns out her late afternoon soccer game was out in the “country” near a pumpkin patch. I learned this information on the side lines during half time. So guess what we were going to do after the game?
Seeing both of my kids hunt the wide open pumpkin patch for their perfect pumpkins made my heart smile. They probably enjoyed it more at ages 10 and nearly 13 then they did as toddlers. This time they may even remember the experience as they both want to come back next year.
Holiday traditions bring out the kid in all of us as we do simple activities that bring us joy.
Age doesn’t have to mean goodbye to traditons that typically happen when you are younger. Instead it can mean hello to a new way to experience, through young eyes. And we should never get too busy to do that.
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. She is also a co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com) You can find her on FaceBook, http://www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: http://www.mamaneedsarefill.com