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IF I Could Start Over Again I Would ...

IF I had it to do all over again, I’d ask to be reminded to write a short list of the little important things I wanted to make sure to teach our children. Looking back, I wish they had made butter in a jar just by having a turn shaking it. Or perhaps made peanut butter from peanuts and then made a rollover sandwich right afterwards. Yes, I like the simplicity.

I would list the specific nursery rhymes and riddles that I loved as a child because now I don’t know if they are familiar with Mary had a Little Lamb or know who Jack and Jill were. I would pull a hymnal to copy the music of “Faith of Our Fathers” and “This Land is Your Land” so they would know songs close to my heart and maybe they could learn the words too.

Maybe one evening my husband and I could sit down with a glass of wine and just throw out ideas (with a pad of paper and pen). Then, I could put these thoughts together in the form of a check-list to look at each Christmas to make sure I was on-target. Time is elusive and you only have one chance with your children to show them the world. It doesn’t matter if you are a working mom or not. You need to have your list done.

I know now that time goes very, very fast and before you know it that precious infant is a toddler. Then, that adorable toddler is school-age. The middle schooler who struggled in school is now in high school. Unbelievably, time gets away and you find yourself with college age and graduated adults. For me, it happened yesterday. IF I had just thought about jotting down some of the neat things I experienced as a child …

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