“Rachel, I don’t want you to grow up” – Granny, to a young me
“Why Granny, Won’t you love me when I’m bigger?”
I don’t know how old I was at the time of that conversation, and I don’t remember her response to me, but now that I have my own children – I completely get it.
They want to grow up so fast
And I want them to stay small
They want to zoom through childhood and do it all…
I want to hold them and protect them and shelter them
It’s inevitable as we reach the end of this school year that the kids are already talking about next year.
NEXT YEAR when I will have a 3rd grader (the oldest grade in our Elementary School) AND a kindergartner!!!
Be still my heart
We talk about what their goals are, what they want to learn and accomplish and do over the summer and the next year and that inevitably leads to the ‘When I..‘ conversations.
When I’m a 3rd grader, I will know multiplication
When I’m a kindergartner I can show my teacher how I can read and I’ll get to do PE!
When I’m in High School
When I get married…
When I’m a Mom…
When I’m a Dad…
When I Grow Up
I go along with them and we play ‘When I Grow Up’
When Princess grows up she wants to be a veterinarian-dolphin trainer-teacher-mom-writer-artist!
Monkey wants to be everything his Daddy is.
I make them laugh when I tell them that when I grow up I want to be a photographer, writer, friend, mom – because in my mind I am still not grown up.
They find that really amusing 🙂
After every When I conversation I tell them that they can be anything they want to be and their Daddy and I will do everything we can to support them and help them achieve their goals and grow into the people the are destined to become.
Right now we’re doing our best to give them the foundation they’ll need to become those grown ups.
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