Earlier this week I was dealing with a crisis. David was lying on the floor shrieking because I was forcing him to put on pants before we left the house, or some other similar form of child-torture. I told him suck it up, kid, and we pulled up his pants anyway and left the house. And about five minutes later, another similar scene ensued and I realized what I’ve always known: being a kid is a tough job. You’ve got these “grown ups” who just like to boss you around and dictate your entire life–right on down to the pants you have to wear in public.
I remember being a kid and just wishing I could be old enough to finally call the shots. And, luck of all lucks, now I AM the grown up. I get to make the rules–not just for me, but also for my tiny minions. It’s a good gig. Actually, it’s a really good gig.
Being a grown up is better than being a kid because…
You get to say “because I told you so”–the sweetest 5-word phrase that will ever pass your lips.
You get to lick out the whole bowl when you’re baking brownies. You can also eat frosting right out of the jar and nobody’s going to stop you (I may or may not have eaten entire jars of frosting. Just because.)
You don’t have a curfew.
You are allowed to use real dishes and glasses at family gatherings.
You can decide for your own dang self if you’re going to eat your veggies.
You don’t have to deal with cliques…at least not as much. Among my grown-up friends I have a jet-setter, a prom queen, a book-nerd writer, a sorority sister/cheerleader, a former professional athlete, a Dungeon Master, an artist, a homeschooling mom, a songwriter, and a business leader. Tell me which high school would foster that group of friends?
You drive a car–the ultimate form of control.
You can wear a t-shirt out in a snow storm, and nobody’s going to yammer at you to put on a coat and a hat and gloves and some boots, for pete’s sake.
You can wipe your own bottom after using the toilet.
You don’t have to feel bad if somebody isn’t sharing their favorite toy with you. You can be as selfish as you want and just buy your own if you want it so bad.
You are expected to make your own decisions rather than having them dictated to you (like, deciding whether or not you will wear pants when you leave the house today…)
You don’t have to get “pokeys” every time you visit the doctor.
You’re tall enough to ride all of the cool rides.
You don’t have to do homework or take tests (even if your kids do test your patience every minute of every day).
You can order off the “real” menu when you go out to a restaurant.
When you wear mismatched outfits that don’t make any sense, people call you a trend setter.
You get to experience the magic of childhood from the other side.
You can stay up late drinking wine and writing your blog when you’re supposed to be in bed sleeping 🙂
To all the grown ups out there: Happy Friday!