My friend Cara Meredith invites people to write guest posts on her blog, and she always has the best prompts. Last year she had us write about unexpected moments, and I got to tell a bit of my love story. This year the prompt is rituals, and I loved getting to write about one of the sweetest things that has developed in our home: the unexpected ritual of world-conquering. Here’s a snippet (and here’s the whole link..)
It’s 8:11am, and there’s fussing by the front door:
“Where are your shoes?”
“I can’t find my library book.”
“Why didn’t you unpack your lunch bag yesterday?”
“Hurry up! I don’t want to get another tardy note!”
In the flurry, zips are zipped, snacks are packed, and finally, my husband and older kids tumble out the door. I stand with my youngest—both still in our pajamas and slippers—and call out to them: “Bye! Love you! Conquer the world!” My three year old echoes in a voice that echoes down the street: “Conquer! The! World!!!” and his Daddy rolls down the window as he backs out the driveway and shouts back, “bye! Conquer your little world, too!”
Tail lights disappear down the street, and we click the front door closed.
This is how it happens every day.
Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons/Clotho98