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They Grow up so Fast

They Grow up so Fast

            Today is my husband’s goddaughter’s 1st birthday party. I remember when she was born. It seems like yesterday, and she did grow up so very fast. Everyone in our life seems to be growing up like crazy lately. Our twins turn ten this week. I can’t count the number of friends of ours who been having their first children in the past few years. It seems like there is something in the air.
            I saw a picture of my friend’s daughter at her first day of school this week and I honestly started crying. I know, I am a big softie…but the last time that I saw her she was a baby! My kids aren’t babies any more. It just disappeared all of the sudden. They’re still pretty cute kids, but the “I want to eat your face off cute” is completely gone.
            It is ironic that I am so nostalgic about all of this because I actually get along better with kids ten and up. Of course I adored my children as babies, but they kept me pretty darn busy and it didn’t leave me with a lot of time to enjoy them. I am not cuddly either. I always give my kids kisses and hugs, but I am nothing like my friend Karrie who grabs the littlest kiddo she sees when she walks into a room and cuddles them like it is going out of style. I love that she is like that, but it’s not me.
            I am definitely nervous about my children growing into teenagers. I dread the whining and the arguments and the punishments. I know that we will all make it through however, despite the hormones. I like teenagers; I always enjoyed talking to my foster boys and spending time with them. I liked hearing about their ideas. Teenagers are smart and they are interesting, and as much as I know that there will be rough times, I know that there will be a lot of times that I will truly enjoy.
            I will try to keep all of the stories of their exploits in my arsenal to remind them of as they grow, and I don’t want to forget them either. Our little birthday girl, for instance, just the other day when I was watching her, gave me one to remember. She wanted out of her walker, and I wanted to run to the bathroom before I took her out. I turned to leave the room and she threw her toy cell phone at my back. This was at eleven months. She is going to be a feisty one, just like her mom.
            Try to enjoy them while you can. Whether the kids in your life are toddlers or teenagers, they are growing up fast. Before you know it, they will be going off on their own and you won’t be able to protect them like you once were. They have so much to offer us, knowledge, and light, and lots of laughter. There is a lot of stress and hard work to go along with it, but I certainly wouldn’t be who I am today without them in my life. Children are a pretty awesome gift. Spend some time with one that you know, even if they are not your own child. I promise that you will get something special out of it.


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