reset and a little tea party

April 1, 2014 |  Category:   life



A weekend back to normalcy of sorts. I think we’ve turned a corner, permanently (though I might eat my words) on winter and suddenly life feels lighter. Mark had a weekend off too, and his first day off in 5 weeks. He spent some of Saturday at a party with friends and we all cheered because that seems to be a rare thing these days. Life can’t be all about work, it just can’t. I spent some time with old friends too this past week and it just confirmed a million times over that relationships are what’s important.


We were in the burbs the rest of the weekend, doing all the things we do when we spend a weekend at my parents’ house: eating at Shake Shack, shopping at Target, Trader Joes, and Fairway, but this time piling our carts with little regard to sticking to a budget. It was just that kind of weekend. The shelves upon shelves of Easter candy and Easter-related holiday items made the girls giddy in anticipation of the candy hunt. They’re pretty mum about whether or not they still believe in the Easter bunny, but I know that they know it’s me who hides the candy. Mark thinks they just like to go along with the fantasy and pretend that the bunny is real. Good, I say. There’s too many external forces these days rushing our kids to grow up too fast. We can’t let go of the magic of childhood so easily. Maybe in a way, they sense it too.




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  • Jacqui April 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    So true Jenna, re the rush to grow up too fast! My 12 yo girl is always asking me if it’s still ok to play with her doll, to believe in Santa (til last Christmas at least), to play legos… I know that she feels the pressure and it’s not coming from us. I was stunned by the sophisticated (query inappropriate) dress/language/attitudes of a bunch of her 12yo classmates (first year at high school here in Australia) at a recent get together. I always say to my two, if you do it all NOW, what are you going to do when you are 18, what’s there to anticipate??

    There is so little magic left for them nowadays, so little Childhood itself, I say nurture it for as long as possible.

  • Deepa April 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Loved, loved the photo vignettes of all the scrumptious looking food. Felt like creating a table setting of my own that looks like it. This weekend perhaps! Was this at your mum’s place?

    And yes…..even though V my 10 year old son knows there isn’t a real Santa or easter bunny or even God for that matter he asks me every year if I think Santa will still get him presents(I think it’s just his cheeky way of reminding me to get him presents and pretend they were from Santa). They grow up much too soon these days anyways so whats the hurry. Plus this way I get to pretend to believe and play along in all things whimsical and childlike and playful and magical too! Win win!

  • Rachel April 3, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Definitely, let them hold on to that magic for as long as possible…I found out about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny in the same year, and I cried so hard, and I was SO pissed at my mom (for some reason, though, not my dad). I think I had already known for awhile…but it’s a hard fantasy to let go of. It’s funny how society creates that magic for kids from birth and yet at the same time, it’s so quick to take it away.