When I was slowly turning into young adult, my mom told me “Soon you’ll be developing your own traditions, but don’t forget about those we have developed as a family”.
The last part of the sentence sounded somewhat sad, like she knew what what would happen.

I ensured that I would never miss Christmas Eve orย  Easter morning.
I would even take that annual vacation with my parents.
We would have “wine & cheese” nights once a month.

Jasper and I developed our own traditions too.
Each time we came home from work, an event or even groceries we would first take a moment to hug each other.
Each month on the 19th we would buy a “Kinderegg” to remember our first special date where we shared the chocolate. We collected about 24 of those little toys in it.

The weekend after this date, we would also go out for a romantic dinner.

I can’t remember at what point all these wonderfully sweet traditions started phasing out.
It has nothing to with love obviously.
But suddenly the weather was too warm for a hug.
One of us always seemed to be traveling during the 19th and forgot about the kinder egg.
Homemade food was better than restaurant food so we settled down for Netflix without much romance.

Needless to say, the traditions with my parents are nowhere near as I promised.

These things always seem to go natural in the past and now they take such an effort to do or even remember.

As you might have noticed, I haven’t been active blogging field either in the past week or so.
Whereas usually every morning I would open WordPress, I simply didn’t have energy or inspiration to write anything.
I wasn’t even interested in reading your stories.

Was this going to be an end of era as well?

Last week I was again traveling the entire week.
Thursday night (on the 19th), just before 12, Jasper send me a text with “Happy monthly anniversary”.
The next morning I woke up earlier, dragged myself to a shop and bought that kinder egg.

I want the sweet traditions back! And that includes blogging ๐Ÿ˜‰




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18 thoughts on “Traditions

  1. Some things change naturally, like a vacation taken together with your family. One day you might or might not have children of your own, you might or might not have married your boyfriend, either way you would naturally develop traditions of your own, not a bad thing. You started this with the kinder egg – a lovely gesture. *no, Fran, you are not going on about the plastic waste, it IS a sweet tradition!* You will always find reasons to skip traditions now and then – that is ok. You might want to change some traditions – like not going out on the weekend but make sure you have time to spend with each other, quality time, uninterrupted. If you cook together, that would beat a restaurant date in my opinion, but that is my taste. To then watch Netflix while eating and being able to cuddle up while eating and watching Netflix isn’t bad, is it?

    Just do not forget to hug each other. You both need the oxytocin.

    It was when my ex and I stopped entirely to do things together that we drifted apart.

  2. Ha! I understand your frustration about the plastic waste!

    I also like eating in the comfort of my own home, but it’s just that you smell after cooking. And sometimes I just want to put on some nice clothes and sit down and eat near the beach or another nice location.

    I definitely want to keep the quality time. But we both decided to find a new job and pursue a career for now. And to be honest, I am not sure if that really makes me happy. I am away from home way too often!

  3. I think anything you guys do is great. If you miss a dinner, there will be others. If you miss a kinder egg, Iโ€™m sure there are more (although the toy might not be the same). ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I find that the toys aren’t as cool as they were a couple decades ago. But I still like to get them from time to time. When I was a kid Kinder surprises made me a criminal. I’d steal money from my mom’s wallet to buy some.

  5. Haha. I would join my mum for groceries and beg, cry and scream loudly until she get me one.

    Thereโ€™s too many mignons in them nowadays. Indeed, the toys arenโ€™t as awesome anymore ๐Ÿ˜”

  6. I will start with your latest ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We do right? I donโ€™t know if I believe in โ€œthe oneโ€ but I do know there is no reason to search for anyone else.

  7. ๐Ÿ™‚
    He always says that hugging feels like charging up after a long dragging day. And itโ€™s really true! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Awww those are sweet traditions you and Jasper used to have and my heart melted that you went out to get the Kinder Egg โ™ก

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