I have a 2 year old. Well, she’s 2 and a half. And I usually say she’s 2 and a half going on 4. I do that mostly because she’s rather tall for her age but she’s also got more sass than a typical 6 year old. I asked for sassy. I deserve every sassy inch of her. But I’d also settle for her staying as young (not younger) than she is for the rest of her youth.
When I was a little girl, I was literally little. I was always the smallest in my class and treated like the youngest. My brothers outgrew me by Junior High and they were almost 3 years younger. And even then, I’d dream of being a grown up. I wanted a studio apartment, on the beach. I started buying things for my hope chest by the time I was 13. What is that? Why can’t we just appreciate the time when we’re supposed to be dependent.
I want Glory to learn and discover and always want more. My favorite thing to do is take her somewhere “big” and just follow behind about twenty feet. Seeing her inhale the world is inspiring to me but at a slow pace. It seems kids are always jumping to the next phase of their lives. For instance, Yegs just turned 12 but he might as well be 16. My favorite 10 yo girl already cares way too much about the way other people see her.
How do we slow them down? Who can I blame?
Is it the media with all the fashion for young people? God knows fashion wasn’t nearly as important when I was little. And it wasn’t intended to make a 10 yo look sexy. Or is it song lyrics? – the ones that have our kids start asking questions at age 10 that I didn’t ask until around 13? Is it television that uses topics and language that were only appropriate after 9pm back in “my day”?
These days, we don’t let kids be kids long enough to figure out who they are. Society pushes them to hurry up. So they do their best but it’s usually a guess. And this “hurry up” thing is also including hitting puberty earlier than every before. Have you heard this? I’ve read that it’s the hormones in dairy and red meat.
Wasn’t it Mark Twain that said, “The two most important days of your life are they day you were born and the day you figured out why.” I’m just hoping that these two moments in our kids lives are really far apart. I plan on being a mom for a really long time. Take your time.