A few summers ago, a close friend of mine graciously let me and the kids run a lemonade stand at her home. On that perfect summer day, as our children were in the midst of serving fresh squeezed lemonade, my friend turns to me saying, "Memories! You're making memories!" That moment has stuck with me ever since.
As a mother (and I suppose most mothers feel this way) I have this incredible desire to create wonderful, homey, comforting, and fun memories for my children.
As much as a trip to the beach is truly memorable, so is being buried in the sand! The feel of sand in your hair all the way down to your toes is simply delightful when you are a child.
Have you ever made hand cranked ice cream? As a child I always thought it took "foreeeeever" for that ice cream to be done. Yet my parents encouraged me to be patient and keep turning!
I remember the sound of the crank, the salted ice, and the taste! There is nothing like the taste of homemade ice cream. It was like a little bit of magic. I pray my children remember this.
So what is special about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? It is such a basic thing, yet how special it is to finally be able to make your own! Bitty is here making his first pb&j, and boy does he feel all grown up. He put so much love into such simple little food. How profound! Don't mothers try to do the same thing? We put all of ourselves into the little simple things, making memories for our little ones, making a little bit of magic. :-)