“I can’t wait to grow up! When I’m an adult, I’m going to stay up late, buy what I want, eat what I want, do whatever I want!” How many of you remember saying this? I know I did and I still hear it on a daily basis from my own children. It’s funny how things change…
“How do they change?” you ask. Well I’ll tell you! When you’re a kid, you spend so much time dreaming about growing up and making your own rules! The act of eating dessert for breakfast consumes your thoughts. The idea of playing with your toys early into the morning hours is exhilarating and dangerous! You plan on sleeping as late as you want and never taking a bath. You’ll laugh at the thought of having to ask to watch what you want on TV. Happy Meals will be your staple meal every. day. of. the. week. Not only will you order as many Happy Meals as you want but you’ll also go ahead and spring for that dipped cone! Everyone will be jealous of your shiny red sports car, the real one, not the one on the video game. Although, it will be an exact replica of that one. Oh and that little lie your mom and dad tell you about not having any money when you want that special, new toy, well it’s just that a dirty, rotten lie…you think…Yep, when you grow up you’re gonna buy all the new toys the day they come out and you’re getting a dog, scratch that you’re gettin’ ten dogs…and a cat! When you grow up, you’re gonna RULE!!!!!!
And, then you blink and you are a thirty-two year old “grown up”, married with kids. Being grown up isn’t quite how you pictured it. Sure you could stay up as late as you want but it’s not nearly as fun as you thought it was going to be. You quickly discovered what you’re parents were doing up so late. They weren’t playing Monopoly and watching cartoons while eating big bowls of cereal. They were cleaning up your messes and getting things ready to do it all over again the next day. When you were a kid you kicked and screamed because you had to go to bed, now you kick and scream because you WANT to go to bed, but there’s just, still. too. much. left. to. do! So much for those Happy Meals you planned on eating until your heart’s content. Now you know your heart’s content” depends on NOT eating greasy Happy Meals, but instead opting for the salad. Who need’s clogged arteries?
You also soon realize…mommy and daddy weren’t lying about not having any money! Oh the atrocity! Sooooo……you’re married with children huh? How’s that TV watchin’ working out for ya now? Before you had to ask your parents, now you have to ask your spouse and kids! A person can only handle so much “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” SPONGEBOB, that’s who, now quit asking!!! If I was Squidward I’d hide too….. It was a sad day when you went to the car lot and realized you’re whole family couldn’t fit in that little red sports car….what do you mean it doesn’t fit eight! Now you’re back to square one, but instead of saying “when I grow up” you find yourself saying “when my kids grow up…..I’m getting that little red car!” “Honey, can we get a dog?” you ask your loving spouse. “NO” is the only reply you get. You’re a grown up and you’re still asking for a dog:) Heck, you can’t even have that dipped cone you were hoping for because your body retains too much fat! You don’t rule, you still have rules!
You now sit and listen to your children say “I can’t wait to grow up!” while you’re telling them “Oh yes you can!” I decided that being an adult is nothing but a glorified kid with responsibilities! Instead of having to ask your parents, you have to ask your husband or your wife! Now we can only dream of being made to go to bed or lay down for naps! Those were the days…when your meals were prepared for you, your clothes washed and ready for you to put on, your sheets were clean and your pillows were fluffy:) When your only worry was trying NOT to get grounded from the TV before the new episode of The Wonder Years came on. Now when you lay your head down at night to go to sleep, with thoughts running wild through your head, you find yourself singing the old tune…”I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toy’s R Us kid…..”