As I type, my two younger daughters are in the bathtub, splashing and singing the Frozen soundtrack. It's such a common sound in our house (the Frozen soundtrack more than the splashing) that it's easy to tune out, just like banal elevator music.
But something makes me listen intently for a moment. A few years from now, I won't be hearing these sounds. I like these sounds.
I wonder, what else is trending in my household? What other actions and noises and sights are so common that I too easily overlook them?
Well, each time either my husband or I come home, the kids instantly freeze when they hear the garage door opening, shout HIDE!, and scurry into hiding spots as if they were cockroaches and a light had been turned on. Then, while Joel or I set down our bags and hang up our jackets, the other parent nonchalantly announces, "I lost the kids again," to start the seeking process. Nobody ever seems to tire of this.
My three-year-old cannot articulate consonant blends. "Pre-school" becomes "p-cool." "Star" becomes "tar." "Sparkly" becomes "parky." Given this, it's not uncommon for her to say, "Mommy, I made a parky tar at p-cool today!" (I don't want her to grow out of this yet.)
Whenever we're in a public restroom with one of those high-octane, excessively loud hand dryers, this same child shrieks in crazed delight and stands underneath, her hair whipping across her face, like it's a shower of hot air raining down.
My two younger daughters arrange food on their plates according to size and then assign the individual pieces names and identities. "This one is daddy, this one is mommy, this one is me..." Then, they bite off the heads, but never with malice.
Eventually, I'll forget many of these small details once they fade from daily life. They'll be replaced with new behaviors and practices, but today I wanted to capture a few for posterity.
What's trending in your household? What do you want to remember long after it's gone? Is a child adorably mispronouncing a word or phrase? Do you have a silly ritual? I'd love to hear!