I'm a bit of a wimp. Okay, a huge wimp. When my parents used to take us skiing (which in retrospect was very nice of them and was probably super expensive for them), I truly thought they were doing it just to torture me and a small part of me wondered if they could truly love me if they were willing to let me suffer through frozen toes, frozen hands, smashed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and snow down my back.
It wasn't until I grew up that I realized the full extent of my wimpiness. I have tried to redeem myself and I even enjoy skiing now, but I have never fully become a "tough" anything. I have always admired those girls who could go out on the mountain and seem to fully enjoy pulling on some snowshoes and plowing through 10 inches of snow without complaining or go through labor "naturally" without screaming for an epidural. That's definitely not me...but I'm determined to make my daughter, and really both kids, that way. Don't get me wrong...I don't blame my parents because sometimes nature is stronger than nurture, but I really try to make them "shake it off", I try to make sure they don't whine a lot, and I have been taking my kids to the park several times a week, even in the cold.
The other day, it was only 28 degrees and I offered to take them to the park. They were thrilled since we've been inside so much. They were thrilled and I stood in the cold, cursing myself for my own stupidity and trying not to bite off my own tongue while shivering. And yet there they were...running around having a great time even though we were literally the only people at the park.
So when we got home a neighbor waved to us and said, "Good for you...raising a tough breed of children, that's great!", I was thrilled. I may not be tough but hopefully my kids will be!
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