As moms (and dads) we’re constantly making sure our children are growing up right. Have they had enough to eat? Did they get enough sleep? Did they take their medicine today?
At the same time we also have to make sure they don’t grow up too quickly. I find myself constantly thinking of this as I look at my little boy and try to find a balance. While I love seeing him learn new things, I want to make sure he (as well as I) enjoy each stage of his childhood.
There are so many stages in life to enjoy. Even Peter Pan, the boy who didn’t want to grow up, had to admit “To live will be an awfully big adventure”.
But when do you actually “grow up”? When you graduate high school or college? Is it when you get your first real job? Are you a grownup when you get married or buy a home? Or maybe you become a grownup when you have a child of your own.
I supposed it’s different for everyone, that moment you relinquish your childhood and accept the responsibilities of being an adult. While many people grow up, there are a select few who are able to remain a kid at heart. I guess you could say they have the best of both worlds.
While we are busy growing up and in turn watching our kids grow up, you can’t forget about our parents, the ones who raised us and formed us into the adults we area today.
There’s a wonderful quote from an unknown author:
“Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.”
I love this quote and whoever wrote it hit the nail on the head.
This made me truly understand why Peter Pan didn’t want to grow up. It was not the idea of looming responsibilities, raising children, getting a job, or paying bills that’s frightened the boy from Neverland. Yes that call can be scary, but to me, what’s scarier is losing those we love because they got older.
I guess that’s why life is an adventure after all.