I decided to make a memory. My grandson was visiting. He is a low maintenance child. Does not demand a lot and is often pretty funny. But whether he was high maintenance or not, making memories is what people ought to consider. (It is hard to bemoan the condition of the world if you are not putting an oar in the water to get somewhere.)
So, without telling him where we were going or what we were doing we got ready. When I came down to leave, he had already filled water bottles and was out side waiting.
As we drove to the special place, I let him tell me what is going on his life. By the time we arrived an hour later he was pretty excited.
We went to a candle factory. Candles and ornaments all over the place. There were not a lot of people there as it was just opening which was good. As he wandered around he would pick up different items and hold them up. Sometimes he did not know what they were and other times he decided there was something funny about flask or a loose hand sitting on a table.
He and I went over to purchase an ornament and he spent nearly 45 minutes just looking for the one he wanted. We had a conversation about “happy holidays” and various other ornaments and signs. He ended up with 2 birds circling a tree trunk.
Completing that time, we hopped across the street to a large gift barn. One floor of toys, another of foods and gifts and one floor of Christmas. (Ironically, this was the only place not playing Christmas music I went in.)
Jacob wandered around for a long time before settling on a small bagful of colorful marbles. As we left, he told me it was “fun” and we headed home.
We stopped on the way home for a burger(Not sure if he had ever eaten a real burger, but it was gone pretty fast!) and then took in some other shopping.
Why make a memory? Because if you don’t someone else will. Making a memory with a young child may not be the easiest for you, but it is world changing. Yes, I said world changing. The man who started the candle company began making them on a stove in his home. How many inventors, business owners and more began as children?
But that is just a piece of it. Your investment will be a long standing memory on why family is important. This alone has the power and ability to change the family dynamics of the future.
Already, my wife and I have been working hard to make sure our schedules for the next two month leave room for our family. Holidays are already scheduled and family is on the calendar.
Today. Consider making a memory. Consider setting the future on fire with family.
Just a thought!