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when i grow up.

the most darling camilla has been doing a wonderful series entitled "when i grow up" on her blog, champagne bubbles. and it has got me thinking. a lot. about what i want. and i figure that if men can't help looking at a gorgeous woman (and science will defend that for them), then i can't help dreaming about the future or googling photos of brooklyn brownstones.

so here is my list, as inspired by camilla and all the gorgeous woman who have submitted to her series:

i want a neighborhood cafe. around the corner. with strong lattes and fresh bread. i want to know the names of the faces behind the counter and i want them to know the names of my children.

i want early evening walks in the neighborhood and after-dinner story-time.

i want hard wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. banisters on the staircase and hallways of family photos. built in bookshelves and sprawling desks.

trees in the neighborhood.

i want season tickets to the closest baseball team.

i want to travel the world. to live in different countries. to speak spanish fluently. and dabble in a little french.

i want sharp knives, a kitchen aide mixer, and a large cuisinart.

i want saturday morning pancake breakfasts. and sunday nights spent in the kitchen as i listen to the hustle and bustle of everyone preparing for the week.

i want the love of my best friend and the promise of a whole life together.

i want things to get clearer. {a little, at least.}

i want the idea that will write the book.

i want to do what i love.

i want to love.

these photos are via google's image search.
i might just die for that kitchen.
i mean really?
look at it.
look at all the green out the window.
it may be small, but it might also be perfect.


Brittan said...

oooh i'm all teary again!

what beautiful desires. i don't doubt that you will have them all! i'm going to do this now...

sydney with a y said...

i agree, this list is so touching! love this idea

Micaela said...

you are so cute- you had me at the start "if men can't help looking at gorgeous woman... then i can't help dreaming about the future or googling photos of brooklyn brownstones."

and of course, the bit about baseball.

this is perfection.
and all the green outside the window? i would take it, even if it means a smaller kitchen.

i can't wait for you to "grow up" meg ;)
i want all these things for you. xo

Marian said...

Perfect list!! Keeping my fingers crossed that you get it all "when you grow up":)

Steffi said...

that kitchen is indeed perfect. I can imagine it on a warm may evening, birds singing outside, bread in the oven, family making litte noises around.

sweet dreams! yours sound really lovely. i´m sure they will become real. fingers crossed!

Danielle said...

this is beautiful. i love your writing, you have an amazing talent!

Camilla Leila said...

i love this!! i sincerely hope that you get everything you dream of.

your list is magical.
you are magical.

Mary Grace said...

I just LOVE this post. Your writing is so amazing and awe-inspiring!

communikate. said...

sounds perfectly wonderful.

i hope you get it all especially that kitchen!

iheartkiwi said...

when i grow up i want...

1. a home library with a built in ladder
2. to be just as in love with my handsome husband as i am right now.

that's not too much to ask is it?

nicole addison said...

perfect list. brought a huge smile to my face:)

Amber said...

Oh I love it! Absolute perfection.

Courtney said...

Meg, thanks for putting many of my own unspoken dreams into words.

It makes me all mushy inside.

Melissa said...

Perfect list. I want a lot of those very same things too.

Ruth said...

Aw, it's so fun to dream and imagine things for the future, isn't it? I love all these ideas. Searching for photos, coming up with the right words--I could do it all day, I think.

m. estelle said...

i just read that. twice.

filing this away to read again in the future.



Amanda said...

love, love, love this post. I want about 90% of these things, as well!

Well Nice Chels said...

This is beautiful, I love how you put what most women are afraid to say because, well I don't know why we don't say these things, but you do you an amazing job of saying them elegantly. Warm and fuzzy, so much so that I am going to make my list now :)

Anonymous said...

oh my. how on earth did you manage to succinctly, and beautifully, state exactly what I want for the rest of my life...right down to the built in bookshelves?

I love this.

And it can happen. I know because 1) I do love; 2) My best friend/fiance and I have our whole lives together; 3) I just registered for a kitchenaide mixer and a set of knives. :) Here's to fulfilling the rest of the wonderful list!

Mandie said...

I have everything I've dreamed of but I still lusted after your list.

Kelsey and Riley said...

this is beautiful. and youre kind of reading my mind on all those things that i'd like in life!