Friday, September 17, 2010

Do You Remember Saying: "I Can't Wait Until I Grow Up!!"



We all remember saying this to a parent or caretaker, don't we?

I was about 7 or 8, Mom and I were out back, after dark, and I remember hugging her and saying:

"I can't wait until I grow up, I'll get to do anything I want to!"

Mom hugged me back, and in her wisdom said:

"Oh dear, it's wonderful to be grown up, but you will have to listen to what your boss says and what your husband says and a lot of other people too."

Now she didn't mean "cater" to a husband, but she meant, you will always have to be taking direction or the consideration of others.


So here I am now, listening to no one but myself, doing exactly what I want, and that's the way I wanted it! It didn't happen all at once, but I finally arrived, for the most part. Sure took me a long time to "grow up" lol...


What is your "I can't wait until I grow up" story?
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17 comments:

  1. When we were bad (although of course that was EXTREMELY infrequently, har har har) I remember my mother saying this: "You just wait until you grow up and have kids and then you'll finally see what I have to go through with you girls!" Of course little did she know that I had absolutely no intention of having any children seeing as how when I grew up I was going to be a policewoman with no time for kids of my own. The policewoman thing didn't work out but the "no kids" policy is still in force. (PS--ok, you've branched out into other areas but really, show some stuff, ok? I LIVE for your stuff!).

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  2. lol I did get a vintage tidbit tray in the mail yesterday, how did that happen?

    No kids here either, I just never wanted them, still don't. =)

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  3. I love hearing about your parents! They sounded like such awesome people. :)

    I remember as a kid going grocery shopping with my dad (he mostly did the shopping come to think of it) and of course he would never get the stuff I wanted (mostly from the ever dreaded cereal aisle). I always used to think how I couldn't wait to grow up and do my own grocery shopping and get whatever I wanted! Now here I am all grown up and shopping for my own family. I actually enjoy grocery shopping...I make it a point to go by myself without kids and I am a coupon-aholic! I do buy healthy food but it's nice to get food I want to eat rather than suffer with whatever my parents bought. lol

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  4. haha B.J. I was just complaining to a friend on a chat board how much I hate food shopping! Not sure, why, guess it's so mindless, but as a once poor kid, it sure is nice to open the fridge and see food in there. =)

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  5. Why do I think Christine and I are twins separated at birth? I couldn't wait to grow up and get my life going. Knowing what I do now, I'd go back and never grow up!!

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  6. !! Funny how we long to grow up, and when we do, we long to be kids again.

    There are moments I miss, not long periods of time (childhood was a challenge for me), but I miss having days where all I did was play. Play? What the heck is that?! I can't remember... lol..

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  7. WOW! I have been bringing my 3 year old daughter to work with me in the mornings the last couple days since she's not felt well enough to go to preschool. I set her up in an extra office and she gets papers out of the recycle bin and marks them up--she likes to use all of the colors. I was thinking this morning how she plays "being grown up" and I just act grown up (most of the time.) I thought I had being a grown up dialed in, but my daugher is teaching me otherwise. I don't remember saying it when I was a kid, so here goes: I can't wait until I grow up! I will play with Lego instead of a fax machine. I will use all of the colors (not just colored Post Its.) I will smile and laugh whenever I want!

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  8. LOL, I said this a LOT when I was a kid. I remember saying "I can't wait to grow up and have my own house so I can eat cookie dough for breakfast." When I got my first place, one of my first purchases was a tube of cookie dough! :)

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  9. Oh me too me too!! And now I spend every waking moment saying 'Hmph! I wish I was still a kid. Everything was so much easier'. Such is life!!

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  10. Ha ha Utah, that's really cool. Heck if I know what it means to be grown up, other than you have to pay bills or they cut services off... And you have to go buy food, or you get hungry, and you do have to work to make money for the rest of the stuff you eat and pay bills for.

    Other than that, for me, it's about doing exactly as I please! If I want to sleep in the afternoon, I do. if I want to stay up all nigh, I do. If I want to eat TV dinners for a month straight, and eat ice cream for lunch, I do. =) That's the cool part about being grown up!


    Funny, Brittany!

    Tids I guess for some, when you retire it's like going back to doing kid stuff. Don't wait until you retire. When was the last time you flew a kite or had jelly beans for lunch? Never too late to start acting like a kid lol...

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  11. I can remember saying "I want to be President when I grow up so that I can close all of the schools!" Kind of ironic that I'm now a teacher, don't ya think? Of course, I may have reached adult stage in my life, but I've never really grown up. I'm still just a kid at heart!

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  12. I remember watching tv as a kid and I'd see all those commercials that always said you could call and order all sorts of things, but you had to be 18 or older to call.
    I thought to myself, "Man, when I'm 18 I'm gonna be able to order ALL the cool stuff they're advertising on tv."
    Turns out, they don't really sell anything THAT cool. It just seemed so much cooler when I wasn't allowed to order it, I guess.

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  13. I don't ever remember wanting to be grown up when I was a kid, but I'm sure I must have. As soon as I turned 20 (not 18 I did try to do as my parents wished) I moved to London lived in a squat and worked for the record industry ha ha!

    However I wouldn't be a kid again ever! Life as an adult right now is tough, but I still have a lot of control over decisions, when you're a kid, that's it you do as your told, well ok I didn't always but you're supposed to!

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  14. Ha ha ha. Fun post! When I was a kid I use to say, "When I grow up I want boobs out to here" and held my hands way out in front to gesture that I wanted big knockers. Well, be careful what you wish for! It might actually happen!

    XOXO
    Dollie

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  15. Love your blog! I couldn't wait to grow up and be like my friends' big sisters: they went on dates and were bridesmaids at their friends' weddings and wore beautiful gowns. I couldn't wait to do that. I really envied those big sisters!

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  16. I still feel like a kid. I really expected adulthood to be different: stay up as late as I want, eat what I want, buy what I want when I want it.

    What I've learned being an adult is that I can surely do any of those things but they all come with a price. If I stay up too late I'm going to be groggy and cranky the next day. If I eat what I want all the time I'm going to be unhealthy (cuz what I like to eat is not broccoli or carrots). If I buy what I want when I want it I'm going to be in debt.

    I think the thing I like most about being an adult is just the independence. My mom said that when I was 11/12 years old I looked like I was so uncomfortable in my skin. We chucked it up to growing pains and trying to figure out that whole girl turning into a woman thing. But I feel like I have grown into my skin. I feel comfortable with myself.

    That's a really, really good feeling.

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  17. The day they walked on the moon, I was walking around in Da Nang, RVN. I remember commenting: " Mamasan, GI walk on moon." Her response "You dinky dau." Looking back, perhaps she was right, but not for the reason she thought.

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