Hello 2010.

11 Jan

This was Henry’s reaction the other day when I told him that it’s 2010 and the holidays are officially over.

My sentiment exactly.

Happy New Year PERKS followers!  Are you feeling rejuvenated and ready for a great year?  Well here at the Perks household we have been recovering from a wonderful holiday season.  Santa was very good to all three of us this year and we spent New Year’s Eve ringing in 2010 with some dear friends and family toasting to the good life.

Speaking of the good life…I recently read something and decided I couldn’t say it better myself when it comes to my hopes and wishes for Henry as we start a new year and decade…

I’d really like for you to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.

And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it’s all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room,but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you’ll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.

When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don’t care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don’t like it.. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor’s window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you – tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life.

***Stay tuned…LIFOP is back in full swing and I’ve got tons of PERKS to catch you up on this week!***

3 Responses to “Hello 2010.”

  1. Rinny January 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm #


    I’m not going to lie. I had to look away while reading this to prevent me from crying (just a little) at work. It may or may not had to do with the fact that as a 26 year old I have not experienced everything on this list (and really, I’m beyond the point of trying to stick my tongue to a frozen pole). I want these things for Henry too!

    Well said whoever originally said it. And, thanks for re-posting it.

    xo, erin

  2. Ebert January 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Henry… that is exactly how I felt:)

    Love Aunt Ebs

  3. Tiff January 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Thanks, Lindz, you just made me cry. As if I’m not crying enough these days with this week being my last week off work… Love this post! And LOVE the pic!

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