Back to school time is upon us. And let me tell you, I’m getting nervous. This time of the year has always made me nervous. New teachers, new classes, new friends… there’s just a lot of “new.” I remember the squeak of new shoes on the freshly waxed floors, the smell of new books, folders, pencils, and crayons. But my uneasiness this year is a little different. I’ve become painfully aware of the fact that my little guy will be headed to kindergarten in a little over a year. I have 365 days of “baby” left. Sure, he’s not really a baby anymore and hasn’t been for a while, but there’s something permanent about kindergarten that makes any trace of baby left disappear. Jack’s birthday falls just two weeks after the cut-off to start this year. We were worried about the delay at first, but right now it feels good knowing that I’ve got a little bit more time with him – you know – as my baby.
My dear friend, Kim Box, recently reminded me of a list that was compiled by school-aged kids from across the world. They were asked what they wanted and need most from their parents. It’s always nice to read over this list and to have the reminder that it’s not all the best toys or being involved in every type of extra-curricular activity that kids want. Sometimes what they want is simply time with you. I know I’ll be working hard on this list in the next 365 days with my little man. Maybe you needed this reminder today, too.
- Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.
- Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.
- Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.
- Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.
- At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.
- At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family etc.
- Let me play outside a lot.
- Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.
- Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.
- Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.
Y’all, this dish is super-simple and can be on the table in no time flat. If shrimp isn’t your thing, you can do the same thing with chunks of chicken.