I took Caitlin to the Dollar Tree one night recently because nothing says I love you more than shopping for cheap plastic stuff with your 3-year-old. She picked out a few packs of stickers and Cinderella crayons (or “crowns” as she says). She was so excited she started waving her stickers wildly at a couple in the parking lot and proclaimed, “I got stickers!” And Amelia loves to play with a plastic fly swatter (unused of course) in our “toy drawer” in the kitchen filled with Play Doh, McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, etc. It made me think about some of the simple pleasures of being a kid from my childhood. Most of these are pretty universal, despite the high-tech age we live in. Here are just a few. Feel free to add your own.
A new box of crayons.
Virgin PlayDoh, with that unmistakable PlayDoh smell.
Walking barefoot through new spring grass.
Shopping for school supplies. (I’m still a sucker for office supplies, what can I say. Love those multi-colored Post Its.)
Running through a garden sprinkler on a hot summer day.
Watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Reading a book while perched in a tree.
Lemonade and butter cookies after piano lessons.
New tennis shoes.
Riding a bike downhill. Wheeeeeeeee!
The sound of crickets and bullfrogs on a summer night when it’s cool enough to have the windows open.