There are far too many coats for far too few pegs. We were okay when the coats were for little people and they only had about one each. Or two if someone had passed on a hand-me-down. Now the coats are full size and thanks to charity shops and my youngest being home from Uni at the moment, there’s an overload.
It’s partly sheer numbers and partly because the last of her coats to go on the peg has pockets so full of stones the weight of it brought it to the floor.
It was yesterday that did it. We had a bit of a jaunt. It became something of a tradition when we were home educating to go on this expedition every summer round to one of our favourite places.
Only this time, instead of taking spare clothes for kids who always seemed to fall in something, buckets and spades, towels and toys and huge bags of grub and drinks, we took The coat, book and Ipod, and a variety of cameras (also from charity shops – she’s studying photography) and other grown up necessities!
It’s very strange going to old haunts with big people you haven’t visited since their childhoods. But it was beautiful to find that she is still fascinated by all the usual things to see even if from a more adult angle, by rummaging among the debris on the beach, checking out all the shells and stones, watching the birds nesting on the cliffs and throwing chips out the car window for a fan club of sea gulls – I think I started that!
Old ways not forgotten.
There will be ways you are creating with your young children now, I expect. Traditions that will no doubt be carried on down and regenerated with their own families, thus passing traditions and memories down the line.
So make sure they are happy ones. Scrap ones left over from your own experiences that are not so happy. And create memories for your children to treasure.
That’s good to keep in mind both for a day out and on a day to day basis. Because that’s what you’re doing with young children – making memories.
And I’m hoping she’ll have happy memories when, perhaps back at Uni, she next puts her hand in that coat pocket!