Waiting for the machine to make my hot chocolate this morning, I often browse whatever paper or magazine is nearest, desperately trying to avoid the politics and celeb culture tosh.
There was a story in The Times ( Friday 1st October 2010 – page 15 ) about a woman dying of cancer and a list she had written for her husband to carry out after she died. One hundred wishes, that she wanted her children to experience, love, enjoy or understand.
Similar to the Bucket List that Mrs WB has been drafting over the past few weeks and to the films that were being made by one of the characters in Things to do in Denver when you’re dead that I saw with Tuggster Rudd so many years ago.
Wiping a tear or two away, I started thinking about what I would want Worrybomb to know about or have in future. The woman in the article, Mrs Kate Greene asked in her 100 Wishes, for her husband to kiss the children twice before bed, to take them to the place where he had proposed to her, to deter them from smoking or riding motorbikes, to learn to play a musical instrument, to treat girlfriends with respect, instilling the principles she would have wanted to have done.
So as Dad, what I would want for Worrybomb. What sort of person do I want her to do, become, what things would I want her to experience and enjoy.
In my search for links to let you read the article, I also found this book 100 Good Wishes for Baby by Mina Parker that I think is rather sweet.
My one hundred wishes would be, for you, Worrybomb to:
- Be happy, see the positive in things
- Read and loose yourself in wonderful stories
- Be kissed goodnight
- Love music of all sorts
- Work hard
- Look after yourself and others
- Care about what and why you do things
- Travel, it really does broaden the mind
- Don’t be shy
- Be picked up and looked after when you hurt yourself
- Hug people
- Be friendly
- Be respected ( this reminded me of you Farryn Zukerman and car doors! )
- Learn to play an instrument
- Tell others your feelings
- Enjoy what you do and do it well
- Don’t be afraid to fail
- Learn from the mistakes of others
More to come soon…