Thursday, May 5, 2011

Create Traditions

Is this not the cutest pinata ever?
It was only in doing my happiness project that I realized how much happiness little traditions  bring me.  And the cool thing I realized is, that we don't have to just rely on traditions that are already in place for that happiness boost--we can create new traditions for ourselves whenever we like it!

So, today, upon arriving home at 4:30 and discovering that I had somehow left my cell phone back at work, my mind immediately jumped to taking the whole family out for dinner on the way back to work to get my phone.  And, then, my husband suggested Mexican, you know, since it's Cinco de Mayo.

And boom!  The whole evening became a celebration!  One that I hope we'll continue next year, because it turned out to be pretty fun!

We stopped by my school, let Flanna play in the sensory room for a few minutes, headed to Torrero's (where red, green, and white balloons were everywhere), and chowed down on some chips, cheese dip, and amazing carnitas.  And suddenly, as I watched Flanna gingerly dip a tortilla chip in warm cheese, I was picturing us doing the same thing next year, and maybe getting a pinata for Flannery's class for Cinco de Mayo, too.  And wearing giant sombreros out to dinner.  (Okay, maybe we won't go that far, but the pinata's a good idea, right?)

Create new traditions.   On the fly.  Whenever you want.  'Cause you're fun like that.

50 bonus points to the person who can tell me the reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, without googling it!  (I mistakenly thought it was Mexican independence day!  Have I mentioned I'm terrible at history?)


  1. I always thought it was just a day to recognize Mexican heritage...

  2. I googled it once upon a time and still remember. Can I still play?

  3. Of course you can still play, Kelley! What do you remember?

    And Amber, you're right that it's pretty much become a holiday about celebrating Mexican heritage in America. But it started out to commemorate the Mexican militia's victory over the French at a battle in the 1800's.