I grew up in a trailer home in the boonies, over the hill, through the woods, and across the dirt road from Old Grandma (who still lives there).
I remember distinctly the very first time I ever went into the big city (Pittsburgh). I gazed at the groups of people standing on street corners, waiting to cross, and the long lines of cars and the tall buildings. I saw people who looked different from me. I was completely in awe. I must have been about five years old.
My kids have had a decidedly different experience. They have iPads and live in the suburbs. They have only ever ridden their bikes on paved roads. They have been to Philadelphia and Washington DC and Baltimore, more times than they can count.
So with that in mind, I wanted to make aÂ life list for my kids, things they have done and will do someday.
- Ride in a taxi – They did this in Philadelphia, and Grace can’t wait to do it again.
- Ride on a city bus
- Take the subway
- Take a train – Grace went on the Strasburg Railroad when she was 3, but Allie never has. I would like to take them on an Amtrak train some day.
- Climb the Eiffel Tower (Grace and Allie added this.)
- Ride in an airplane
- Play in the ocean – We take a family vacation to Ocean City, Maryland every year.
- Build a sand castle – Ocean City
- Get buried in the sand – Ocean City
- Collect sea shells and other beach treasures – Ocean City
- Catch a crab – Ocean City
- Become a Jr. Ranger at a National Park – Assateague Island in Maryland & The White House
- Ride on the Maid of the Mist under Niagara Falls
- See a movie at the drive-in theater (I’ve never done this in my 36 years.)
- Practice yoga
- Swim in a wave pool – Hersheypark
- Ride rides in an amusement park – Hersheypark
- Ride a roller coaster – Hersheypark
- Learn to ice skate – Grace took lessons, but Allie hasn’t.
- Have dinner at the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
- Look out from the top of the Washington Monument
- Tour the White House – November 2015
- Go on a cruise
- Visit Walt Disney World
- Attend a home Penn State football game in person
- Perform in a play – Grace has, but Allie hasn’t.
- Visit China (Grace added this.)
- Visit Mexico (Grace added this.)
- Visit Japan (Grace added this.)
- Swim with dolphins
- Go on an eco-safari in Africa
- Hike to a waterfall
- (The rest go back to my own childhood. I don’t want them to miss out on the fun that I had as a kid, despite all the yuppy experiences they’ve had.)
- Learn to play an instrument – Grace takes piano lessons.
- Swim in a creek – Near our house
- Swim in a lake – Also near our house
- Roll down a really big hill – At a local park
- Camp out – Grace has done this, but Allie hasn’t.
- Fly a kite – At the beach
- Pick cherries from a tree – At Strite’s Orchard in Harrisburg
- Pick apples from a tree
- Pick and eat raspberries – At home
- Make mud pies – At home
- Climb a tree – At home
- Make a whistle from an acorn cap – Aunt Amanda taught them this, but they haven’t gotten good at it yet.
- Feed the birds – At home
- Catch tadpoles
- Grow a garden – At home
- Cook over a camp fire – At home
- Climb a mountain
- Find a geocache
- See the Northern Lights
- Watch a meteor shower
- Care for a pet – At home
- Explore a cave
- Have fun at a carnival
- Milk a cow
- Go roller skating – Near our house
- Take a boat ride on the river – With my uncle and Old Grandma and also on the Pride of the Susquehanna in Harrisburg
- Sell Girl Scout cookies – Grace has done this yearly, but Allie isn’t old enough for Scouts yet.
- Tie their own shoelaces
What am I missing?
If you want to inspire your girls to reach out and do something brave, check out Brave Girls Bible Stories from Tommy Nelson Books. It is a collection of thirty stories featuring brave women from the Bible. The stories are woven together through the stories of five brave girl characters, each relatable to little girls today. Grace treasures this book!
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