Good Parenting

Wine Before Five

Because Life is Good & Short & Sweet

(And you won’t burn in hell for wine before five.

I don’t care what the nuns told you.)

Good Parenting

Good grief.  I just read “15 places your children should see before they’re 15.” Our children are twenty-somethings, and saw only 2 from that list: Colonial Williamsburg — but they were 4 & 1 and our daughter slept through the entire trip — and Disney World in Fla., several times.  Their first trip there, they were  4  1/2 and 1  1/2, and our daughter screamed through most of that visit.  Do you see a pattern here?  I can’t help what she didn’t see.

However, I do offer my apologies to my children for depriving them of the other 13 places.   Thanks to Wilt Weatherly’s (previously known here as Spouse Weatherly) corporate transfers, they did get to live in 5 states and 11 homes plus two extended-stay corporate apartments.  We Weatherlys  took many airline flights, had car trips worthy of their own book, & most importantly, I taught my children not to venture out on the frozen lake behind one of our Ohio homes until we made sure the crazy neighbor kids hadn’t fallen through the ice & drowned.   Our son learned “we lost the war” in Texas — in reference to the Civil War — and our daughter, although we attended the Methodist Church in South Florida, believed all through kindergarden & most of first grade  that we were Jewish after watching a video about Hanukkah.  That’s okay;  we’re big on appreciation of diversity at our house.

Probably the biggest benefit to them:  these two are awesome at organizing, packing &  house hunting. On one trip, as they preceded us into a kitchen & commented to each other on the generous amount of counter space (they were 10 & 7), the realtor turned to us, utterly dumbfounded, and asked, “Have they been house hunting before?” Oh, baby… that was like a career at our house.

We love you, Weatherly Kids, but you’re on your own for the other thirteen “must-sees.”

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"If I had my life to live over... But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back." -- Erma Bombeck “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.” -- from Winnie the Pooh “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” -- Laura Ingalls Wilder “Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” -- Dr. Seuss
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One Response to Good Parenting

  1. Crazy Susan says:

    My dear Emma,
    I find your tongue-in-cheek style of writing so delightfully refreshing and down to earth. Who, other than a parent, with a huge sense of guilt over the amount of quality time NOT spent with their children growing up, would insist that children will somehow be scarred for life for not seeing these places before they are adolecents. Children need to feel love and security, not the thrill of the next big adventure. It ends up being a contest to find a site that is more thrilling and bigger than the last vacation. It turns children into critters that require someone to entertain them all the time, thus leaving them with no ability to dream or imagine, or even to be able to sustain life without someone to enable them. Thank you for your great insight.

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