Lately J and I have started to talk about our future kids. Now, we are no where near ready to have kids (we just got married), but that doesn’t stop us from imagining the future family we’ll have one day.
Take, for example, last week: We were on day six of our Harry Potter marathon and started watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We noticed before starting the movie that it was rated PG. We then proceeded to watch the movie in horror to find blood, dementors, dark magic, skeletons rising from a lake, deaths, and scenes that even frightened me. All in a PG-rated movie!
“There’s no way our kids are watching this,” J said during a scene where a witch has been possessed.
“Uh, absolutely not,” I responded.
In addition to our already-strict parenting, I also have started making little crafts for our kids:
Back when we were engaged, I delegated little tasks to family members to ease the wedding-planning stress. (Remember, it’s good to ask people to help.) I gave my dad the task of collecting visitor guides to go in the out-of-town guest gifts. Well, not only did he provide visitor guides, but he had the Visitor’s Center print out our wedding date on an illustrated map of Greensboro, the city where we got married. I squealed when I saw them—what a sweet and thoughtful gesture, and of course I saved a few as a keepsake from our wedding.
Fast forward to now, and the maps have just been sitting in a drawer, along with other items that have no home or purpose. I thought about framing one and hanging it as a memento around the house, but it’s a little cartoonish for that. Then I had the brilliant idea—turn them into placemats for our kids to eat on one day!
So last Sunday I took my six maps to Staples and got each of them laminated. As I was reviewing them in the store, I had a that romantic future-mother thought, picturing our happy family of (4? 5? 6?) smiling at each other as we enjoy a delicious meal on the lovely placemats. (Of course, in reality our kids will probably be fussy and spilling food everywhere, but a girl can dream, right?)
I came home and showed them to J. “Hey, those look pretty good.” he said.
“Yeah, they turned out well! Although, it cost way more than I thought it would. $15 to laminate just six small posters?!”
“Oh well, it’s for the children!” he said semi-sarcastically. “Think of it as an investment. Imagine what the cost of laminating will be in ten years after inflation.”
Aren’t they cute? :)
Have you ever found yourself buying or planning things for your future children? Or did you before you had kids? Or am I just a little unusual? :)