Nobody tells you when you grow up, you’ll want to be just like your kids

Oct 05, 2009

#Family Life


My daughter is so dynamic.

So joyful.

So lovely.

She feels so intensely.

She cares so deeply.

She loves fully.

I watch her play and I wonder when I grew up. When did I stop running in the leaves or spinning in circles to feel the wind on my face? When did I decide socks had to match and outfits had accessories?


People sometimes ask my children what they want to be when they grow up. They have answers, “A mommy! A train! A tree!” They’ll make those decisions later.

Much later.

And then, one day, even as they hold a job they adore and work with people they like, they’ll watch their own children and finally realize:

When I grow up, I want to be just like you.


  1. Oh gosh I have felt like this SO much lately. Today I almost made my kids stay home from school because I didn’t want to let go.


    By Adventures In Babywearing on 2009 10 05

  2. Ohmygosh, I did the same thing today! I almost kept my son home so I could play with him. smile

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2009 10 05

  3. SO TRUE!!!  I am jealous of my kid.

    By Ewokmama on 2009 10 05

  4. I think the deal is that there is more of them in us then we know. The leaves are right there, so are the baubles and laughter. Wear them and rejoice, now, while the kids are still here. It’s those moments that they’ll remember!


    By Amanda on 2009 10 05

  5. You are so spot on!  I am in awe of my daughter all.  the.  time.  Kinda freaky.

    By Susan on 2009 10 05

  6. Such a great post!! And i just love your photography. Great color and composition!!!

    By Amber on 2009 10 05

  7. I know it’s cliched to say “great post”, but oh well: Great post!  Really. 

    I’ve been lurking for a while…your writing is really moving.

    By Bridget on 2009 10 05

  8. This was EXACTLY what I needed to read today…..I love it.

    By ~*Michelle*~ on 2009 10 06

  9. I do love watching my boys play. And I do envy them smile Great photos of your girl!

    By Chantal on 2009 10 06

  10. Aw babe. I love this post. I might even print it out and hang it up so whenever i’m goin crazy, i can read it and remember. I think this alone will keep me a little more patient with my children. THANKS!!

    By sister flinger on 2009 10 06

  11. I love this post smile  It is my youngest daughter’s 4th birthday today, and watching her face playing in the shower of bubbles during her birthday party was a sweet, sweet feeling.  Such unadulterated glee.  I did get pictures smile  I love this one of your daughter!

    By Frelle on 2009 10 06

  12. Yeah, I’ve been growing up with my kids for years now smile

    By Liz@thisfullhouse on 2009 10 08

  13. I am having such a hard time typing with all the tears pouring down my cheeks… I had a “growing up” conversation with my daughter while walking her to kindergarten this morning. This post has really gotten to me. Sniff sniff, please pass the Kleenex.

    By npenn on 2009 10 08

  14. Awwww, so darling!!!! Gorgeous photos.


    By Al_Pal on 2009 10 09