Parenthood – Thoughts on Traditions

When I was a kid my mom had this thing she’d say to us before we left for school. ALL of our school years even into college when I still lived at home. My brother hated it and would try to leave before she’d get it out. But mom would just “yell” it down the street, which was worse for his “image”, so he’d stay until she was done. It isn’t long but says sooo much. I’m sure at some points during childhood I’d hope she’d stop or forget but really I found comfort in the consistency.

“Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Adventuresome. Adios, Farewell, tootle loo, I love you.”

She gave us permission everyday to be bold. Bold in our dreams, beliefs and actions. Helped us remember to be brave in all we do. And that is is OK to be adventuresome even when the world wants you to go with the flow. And most importantly we knew each day when we left the house out of her care into the care of others that she loved us. So you can imagine when I found this stationary I was thrilled. I wish I could have bought everyone they had.

Be Adventurous.

I have not lived at home for a long time. My hubby and I waited to have children so it had been awhile since I had thought of this little saying of my mom’s. When my oldest started preschool I started to say it. It felt funny coming out of my mouth. I have decided to change it just a little for my silly family. I want to pass this on to my kids. And Yes, I’ll likely yell it down the street if they leave before I get to say it. C Boy is in Kindergarden and I say to him before he jumps out of the car. He now says to me “Mom, aren’t you going to say IT?” I hope he remembers that when he’s 13. 🙂  Here is what I say: “Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Adventuresome. Au revoir. Caio. Tootle loo, I love you.”

What saying have you passed on to your children?

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4 thoughts on “Parenthood – Thoughts on Traditions

  1. Everyday I would tell the boys as they walked out the door “Do your best and have a great day!” they might smirk or shrug their shoulders but they always waited to hear what came next…”I Love You!”
    It is the only way to start a day!
    Thank you for the sweet story!
    Peach State

  2. That is so great! I love this idea! I want to have little sayings like that when I’m a mom! Recently (while I was home in AZ) my mom’s friend was over for dinner and after dinner my lil sis and I left. I was taking her to her boyfriend’s house, and I was going to my friend’s house. My mom’s friend said to us, on our way out the door, “Remember who you are and what you stand for!”. It made me pause. What a WONDERFUL piece of advice to give! Especially to a teenager, like my sister! I mean, she’s a good kid, but it’s always nice to have a reminder to “remember who you are and what you stand for”! 🙂

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