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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

30 Things My Son Should Know About Me

I was surfing the interweb and came upon Baby Making Machine and Jennifer's post on this topic. What a brilliant idea! I'm stealing and running with it.

My son and I are talkers already. Yes, he's only three, but we talk all the time and not just about the mundane toddler-y stuff like peanut butter sandwiches and keeping his pee in the potty instead of letting his penis follow his gaze as he checks out all the stuff in the bathroom that catches his interest. I want to make sure we always talk. (I also want to make sure we don't always have to talk about the pee thing, but I'm not holding my breath.) I want us to truly know each other. I'm sure that'll happen through a great many conversations in the years to come, but, just in case we miss something, here are some things I'd like him to know. I'll write a blog detailing each topic and, as I write, I'll add the link to the list below.

Update: It is now not quite 8 months later and I've finished the series. It's been quite an experience. I challenge you to write something similar for your own child(ren). It's worth it, I promise.

So, my sweet son (and the rest of the world), here's me in a 30 nutshells:

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your spouse.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
14. Describe 5 strengths and weaknesses you have.
15. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. Describe your relationship with your parents.
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

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