Friday, December 19, 2008

It's all fun and Games, Until it's not.

I have been working hard at creating memories this season. Tree, eggnog, cookies, the works. Eric wants to start the tradition of watching "It's a Wonderful Life", but since I think that is a totally boring movie, I am protesting this introduction. He'll win, though. He always does. ;)

This brings me to the point of this post... just because it makes for great memories, does not mean that it is always fun for the organizers. Anna (age 9) discovered that just the other day as she was making pancakes for the kids to cut with cookie cutters. She leaned her head on her hand and said, "Phew - this is harder than it looks like it would be." I used the chance to tell her that making memories rarely is fun for everyone, that lots of times it is just plain hard work for some, and fun memories for the rest.

It took me 37 years to learn that the point is not that We love it, but that THEY love it. And we love THEM. So we do it.

She's already way ahead of the game.


  1. A wonderful post to remind me of what is important. It is important that they love it & I'm like you we love them to (for our kids). Thank you for the reminder. And I don't like that movie either:) I thought I was the only one who thought it was boring:)

  2. Carri,
    It is alot of hard work I feel like I am running in circles making memories and believe me they will remember,,,years from now our kids will laugh and talk about all the fun times and "how funny Mom was running around in circles all the time" and the movie I'm right there with ya, funny thats Tony's favorite Christmas movie too (not Mine) hang in there remember we're making memories!!

  3. Ok, I thought we were so much alike until you said that about "It's a Wonderful Life"! It's the best movie ever and we watch it every year on Christmas eve. And by the way, it's a tradition that doesn't require any extra work. LOL! Lisa~

  4. Well, I'll allow you to like the boring movie and still be friends. ;)