Slow This Thing Down

My kids are growing up! Didn’t see that one coming. OK, intellectually I realize this is the nature of things but still… People have always gone on about how it all goes so fast and one day they’re gone, blah blah. When you are changing your 9th diaper at noon, your child seems less than interested in napping,  you’re looking at the clock calculating how many more hours until relief comes, or bedtime at least, and the day seems as if it will never end you can not imagine time flying by. And then it does.

We just bought our son his first suit. A black pinstriped number with a red striped tie that he wanted desperately and looks amazing in with his shaggy preteen long hair. He also got his first pair of Man shoes. He stands eye to eye with me. Could this be the same, sweet boy who proudly offered up his Lego creations for me to admire? Now he wants me to listen to his favorite songs on ITunes and has suggestions for songs he thinks I might like.

I never had to worry about losing this kid in a crowd. He had an alarm that went off if I got more than 500 yards away from him. How long before he won’t want to be in the same room with me? Any chance the answer to that will be never? Could I get that lucky?

At the tender age of 6, my daughter has no qualms about going off for a day or night with friends or other families and leaving me behind. ” Won’t you miss me?” I ask. She looks at me lovingly, sincerely, puts her hand to her heart and says “You will be right here with me.” Independent and endearing. What can I do but wish her a good time and wave good bye?

 She is in a huge hurry to grow up. She was born grown up. 2 going on 20. You know the type. She has her first loose tooth and can hardly wait for it to fall out. ( She was ridiculously excited about our trip to the dentist yesterday. I think she had hopes it would be pulled right there.) She well knows that a gap in the mouth denotes maturity. It just makes me want to cry.

I wasn’t ready to send my son to overnight camp until he was 10. My daughter is planning to go next year when she is old enough to make the cut. I refuse to discuss camp for next year before it has even begun this year. Chances are I will let her go. 2nd child syndrome and all. No doubt she’ll have worn me down by sign up time. I might want to send along a little warning to the counselors. Especially if she goes with her best friend. The one who cut her hair last year. Watch out folks! Thelma and Louise Go to Camp! ( Clearly, in this case, I am more worried about her affect on the camp than it’s affect on her).

Still, it really is true what they say. When kids are small one day can seem like an eternity, but as they get older time does accelerate and a year passes in a blink. Yesterday’s Legos are today’s ITunes are tomorrow’s…driver’s licences? Can’t we slow this thing down?! It’s moving way too fast and my reflexes aren’t what they used to be.

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2 Comments

  1. Mermaid
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Makes me want to cry, too. Very touching reflection on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

  2. Mermaid
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Someone fix the breaks on this car!


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