Rituals are engrained into our lives. My day starts with coffee and letting out the dog. My children’s day ends with bath time and books, pink lotion and brushed, wet hair, and clean pajamas in cozy beds. Rituals are comforting, predictable, and loving. A ritual wraps you up and tells you exactly what to expect and when to expect it. They are the most dependable of friends. They follow you through life. They give you the boring, mundane expectations that you so rely on when the day has only brought anything but what you were expecting. That is why, when sitting down and bathing the children the other night, I snapped this picture that seemed to capture the ritual happening and the ease on each child’s face that it was, indeed, expected. Bath time. Simple, understandable, and part of a ritual as old as parenting itself.
What rituals do you uphold in your home that you grew up with? What rituals have you created anew for your family?
…After about a year “off” from this website, I am back! Speaking of rituals, I’d like to make writing a ritual of mine again. I have had over three years of trying to get pregnant, pregnancy, birth, and newborn-ness that has made any kind of predictability go out the window. To round out a year of *newness*, we also moved to a new home in the beautiful area of Colorado Springs. We started my daughter in a new, Waldorf-based school. My husband got a new position in the company he works for. I got a new job as a full-time mom at home with the little ones.
I believe it is only fitting that I updated the site’s look and material. I wish I could do more crafty-McCrafterson projects these days, but it all comes down to what the days bring. Even my best intentions fall flat, as you may already be familiar when working with your little ones, and you end up with a Kleenex box carriage for a Barbie when you set out to do crayon-rubbings of leaves. Don’t worry- I find honest refreshing, and I’ll report it all here. I’m into keeping it simple as of late, and I hope the simplified navigation will help you to get what you need and then get out of here- because I know you’d rather make eye contact with a child than with your computer!