Memories are made of this.
I was rummaging through a closet the other day, not really looking for anything in particular, just looking, when I came across one of my favorite childhood books, Tikki Tikki Tembo.
I picked up the book and ran my hand across the cover like it was a priceless antique. I sat down on the floor as if I was in classroom circle time. I gently opened the book and smelled the familiar pages and my eyes danced around looking at the beautiful illustrations in front of me (my mom thinks they're creepy).
This book used to bring me so much joy and I read it all the time, I couldn't get enough of it. So I thought, "Hey! If I used to love this book, maybe my son will too!" The thought of sharing this important part of my childhood with my 4-year-old son was enough to make me cry tears of nostalgia.
Later that night I introduced my son to the story of Tikki Tikki Tembo, and just like his mom, he was fascinated and intrigued by the book. My heart was filled with joy for being able to share it with him.
Find something close to your heart, something that you cherish, something that makes you feel like a kid again, and share it with your child.
There's an indescribable feeling when you are passing something down to your child; whether it's a book, a sweater, piece of jewelry or a picture. These things hold meaning, substance and our personal history. People have passed personal relics down for ages; some of the greatest pieces of literature were written through oral story telling, beautiful antiques, documents, pottery and so on.
Take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and cozy up with your toddler or hang out on the couch with your teenager and share, connect and cherish the moment together with something you both love.