I took my kids out for a little road trip this past weekend, just for the day, to get out of the house and have a little break before school starts next week. While we were driving, I was having a conversation with my oldest son, you know the conversation, the one that starts with “Remember when we went to…?”. Then he looked at me with blank, vacant eyes and said “I don’t remember that.”
Suddenly I had a flashback to when my parents asked me the exact same question and I had the exact same answer. How many Sunday drives did we take when we were growing up? Lots and lots and lots! How many do I remember? I can probably count them on one hand.
That got me to thinking about why we take these little road trips if no one is going to remember them? Heck, why do we do anything? Play dates, movie nights, special dinners and celebrations, vacations? What’s the point if it will all be forgotten? I thought about that question for the entire ride home.
That was when I realized that it doesn’t matter if they remember this exact road trip, or that play date, or even that vacation when they were four years old. We took some time to spend together and explore somewhere we’ve never been before. We packed a lunch and took a day and just enjoyed ourselves. It really doesn’t matter where we went or what we did there, but 30 years from now, I want them to remember that we did things like this. It’s the whole memory that is the point, not necessarily the pieces and details of the whole.
It’s important for them because even though they may not realize it now, someday when they are out with their own children, they too will ask “Remember when we did…?” and their children will also look at them with blank, vacant eyes and say “I don’t remember that.”
But I guarantee you that if you make these beet leaf buns with garlic cream dill sauce you will remember them. They are that good.
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