Slowing down the GROWING UP


:: For December, our intention will simply be to live. Forget about all the shoulds and just enjoy your life. Take care of what needs cared for and smile along the way. Enjoy your life. Live your life.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

I’ve been telling my girls one simple thing quite a lot lately.

You see, they will turn 7 in less than two months.

I see them shimmying on the counters to reach a glass on a high shelf to get themselves some water.

I see them pulling down bowls and scurrying across the floor from counter to pantry to refrigerator all just to get their own cheese and crackers.

I see them not just showering and dressing but turning on the hair dryer and drying their own hair.

Slow down!

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Not yet.

So, I’ve been telling my girls one simple thing quite a lot lately.

You can’t grow up.

You simply will not turn 7.

I cannot allow it.

They smile the biggest possible smiles in response.

They try to convince me that this growing up thing is unstoppable.

That there isn’t one single thing I can do to stop them.

That they will soon be putting 4 + 3 candles on their cakes. That they will be putting 2+2+2+2 candles on their cakes.

{The math stories around here are pretty fun.}

They tell me that they will even turn 18 one day.

And I think … oh my.

Oh, my.

Slow. Down.

Let me get that glass for you.

This post is a contribution to the Just Write series. Check out all the great pieces of writing about our ordinary days over at the EO.

7 Responses to Slowing down the GROWING UP

  1. Watching our kids grow up is so bittersweet! I joke with my kids by telling them they are not listening to me when I tell them to stop getting so big. They laugh and tell me they can't help it. As soon as they say it I tell them I love them for the baby they were, the kid they are now, and the grown up they will be very soon.

  2. I have a 10 and 6 year old and I often wonder how they got so big so fast, I try to comfort myself with knowing that each year will bring new accomplishments and joys and that no matter how big they grow they will always be my babies

    • One of my girls now says to me when she's doing something "grown up … "'we're growing up on you again, Mommy." She thinks this is the best thing ever. I do enjoy seeing them grow up, too. It is bittersweet.

  3. even today my dad tells that to my sister and I..and here I am saying the same thing to my one year old. Some tug this is…being a parent :-)

  4. It's funny how when I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be an adult and to be able to do anything I wanted. My mom always said to slow down and now that I have babies I want nothing more than to be young and innocent again.

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