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What I love now that I HATED as a kid

Monday, October 20, 2014

This morning on my way to work, I felt a giant sense of relief. Why, you might ask? Because I knew that upon getting home from a long day at work and an even longer evening of teaching Jazzercise that waiting for me in the fridge was a giant vat of chicken chili just waiting to be warmed up. 

Yes, I'm saying it. I LOVE leftovers! 

As a kid, I can remember begging NOT to eat leftovers. It didn't matter what it was... macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, peanut butter and jelly... if I knew it had been served before, I wanted no part of it at meal time. 

And this got me to thinking about all of the things we take for granted as children that we're THRILLED to have as adults! Please feel free to add your own to my list, as I know I'm forgetting other wonderful things! 

Leftovers:
For sheer ease, leftovers are the thing I most love in adulthood that I hated in childhood. There's something so calming about knowing that the next meal is taken care of, and all it requires is heating up. Nowadays, I love any leftovers I can get my hands on (but not in a creepy Extreme Cheapskates kind of way (did you see the one where the man went around the restaurant asking for other people's cast off food? ICK!)). 

Naps: 
What was wrong with us that we fought these as children?! Why, why, why would we do such a thing? We should have been jumping for joy when it was naptime, because I do a little happy dance if I know I can get in a 20-minute snooze at some point during the day. 

A Routine:
I'm not sure I really hated having a routine as a kid, but I definitely value it more as an adult! There's something comforting to me about knowing where I'm going and what I'm doing each day.

Practical Gifts: 
Remember when you were a kid, and you would get socks or underwear or a picture frame or something of that nature? Yeah, as a kid, I hated those gifts, but now I'm super pumped about things like clothes, toiletries, and home decor. Bring it! 

What are some things you hated as a kid that you love now? I'd love to add more to the list! 

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