Do you have a Childhood Checklist?

My tattooOn a flight the other day, I was talking to the woman beside me.

No, I don’t usually talk to strangers on planes, I actually knew her from before, really I did…talking to strangers on planes is against the rules when we’re in charge

During our chat, she told me about a cool project her daughter was doing at school.  And it’s had me thinking, so I wanted to share it with you.

By fifth grade, the children all complete a list of experiences.  We could call it “a bucket list” for childhood.  Things like watch a sunset or roast marshmallows, for example.

I’m not really a big fan of bucket lists.

I like to think that I will get to do amazing things every day of my life. My most favorite over and over again.

And that often it’s the things we don’t plan and never expect to happen that become the true measures of life.

My experience with getting to see and do the BIG things, is that they rarely live up to our expectations.

When the magic is found in the sidelines, we can sometimes miss it.

And then there’s the whole idea of getting it all in before dying.

But for some reason, in spite of my feelings about bucket lists, and obvious issues facing up to my own mortality… this childhood list made a lot of sense to me.

I wonder how many of us Grown-ups never did some of the things these kids were going to do?  And how many things I wanted to make sure my children got to do before they lost the wonder of childhood eyes.

Maybe childhood checklists are good, and maybe we should make them together.

I went to Disney for the first time at 35 with my daughter and it was both our dreams come true.  It really is never too late to have a happy childhood.

So, today I sat down with my Jakob, who’s ten, and we started a list.

50 Childhood things Jakob and Mama want to do. (before Jakob is 13 and Mama is 40)

Go to as many drive in movies as possible

Watch a sunset

Skip stones

Skip school and have an adventure

Climb as many trees as possible

Go fishing

Learn to juggle

Learn to blow bubble gum bubbles

Build a tree fort

Swing on a rope swing

Catch fireflies

Go to the Symphony

Go canoeing

Have a pen pal (I have all of you, but Jakob would like one)


That’s as far as we’ve gotten.  He needed a break to watch Twilight.

“Mama, I wanna put Watch Twilight on the list”

“Ok, then.”


What else do you think we should do? 


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