DAILY PROMPT: TIME AFTER TIME
Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us RITUAL.
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Being one of six children in my core family, I never expected nor was given a birthday party; none of us children were afforded those types of childhood memories. And in that same childhood, I was only invited to one birthday party of a classmate. I was uncomfortable at the party, thinking that I was of lesser value than the other girls because my family was “poor” and I could never be like the other girls who came from “normal” families. I never attended another birthday party in my childhood.
When my own children began attending school, I was certain to support their desire to socialize with other children in school as well as the neighborhood. Our home was filled with joyful laughter and play from my sons and their friends on any given day of the week from their first days of school through their last days of high school. It was so important to me that my sons learned socialization, a luxury which I was not afforded and birthday parties, to me, signified an initiation into being a social creature.