I remember as a kid, there was some kind of magic in the air. Do you remember it?
You know what I’m talking about, right?
Believing that mom’s checks meant infinite money.
Santa Clause was such a nice guy to leave so many cool things for me. The Easter Bunny was pretty nice too!
Mommy’s kisses could fix almost any boo-boo. What her kisses didn’t fix, Papa’s hugs could.
Most friends were easy to make and hard to lose.
Friendships lasted forever – even if in reality forever was only about two weeks.
Bugs were kind of fun.
Romping through the woods was like an adventure through a magical castle.
Evil didn’t exist except in movies and we were too young to watch those movies.
Wishing stars really worked.
Singers sang their songs directly to me – they even wrote them about me.
Cars never ran out of gas.
Bills? Everyone gets tv, power, phone – it’s just part of what you get for being a grown-up!
Grown-ups have it made because they get to make all the choices.
Grown-ups get to pick where they eat.
Grown-ups have all the money they want.
Grown-ups get to decide where to work and when to work.
Grown-ups could play all day.
It would be so cool to be the grown-up for a change!
And while I have many fond memories from childhood, it was also filled with much grief, loss, sadness, fear, hurt and pain. I am so thankful that my own children have so far be able to just enjoy being children and haven’t been forced to grow up too soon.
We teach our children lessons but some of the hardest lessons I have learned have been recently – as a grown up. I want my own children to treasure the magic of childhood and not wish it away for…
Bills…they really do have to be paid and when they aren’t paid on time, you lose things like tv, power, phone, etc. The companies really do cut you off when they don’t get their money.
Wishing stars are still very cool, interesting and pretty but those wishes – were most likely just your own strength and courage with a little help from God and answered prayers.
Singers tell stories and while the stories may be just what you needed to hear, they most likely aren’t actually about you.
Bugs are creepy, crawly and yucky. They’re just plain gross.
Romping through the woods
can will get you lost.
Cars do run out of gas and gas does cost money – these days, a lot of money!
Mom’s rarely write checks anymore but the debit card also does not have infinite supply of money. It will and does run out. While you have not had to do without any major things, there actually is a point where the funds end. Get a good paying job in a secure field of work – but make sure it’s something you enjoy. All the money in the world won’t make you happy if you’re miserable making it.
Santa Clause is a great guy. When you grow up, you can thank him (or her) yourself for all the cool things he gave you ;) While you’re at it, give the Easter Bunny a carrot (trimmed in white gold would be good)!
While mommy would like to believe her kisses fix all the boo-boo’s just like you believe, much of that is the perfect design of our bodies to heal themselves and a little prayer from mommy. When you grow up, I hope you’ll carry on the tradition and kiss your little one’s boo-boo’s away. There is definitely still some magic there! And I’m sorry you don’t have a chance to know what a Papa’s hugs are like – they were wonderful!
Friendships are messy. Friends aren’t so easy to make and while we’d like to believe otherwise, they are easy to lose. Grown-ups sometimes act like children and sometimes we hurt each other – not because we really mean to do it but sometimes it just happens.
Relationships are hard. They take work – lots of it. In the end, they are so worth it and the time you share is irreplaceable. Just don’t take them for granted.
Evil does exist and not just in the movies. There are bad people in this world but there’s also much good. Be a part of the good.
Do kind things for others.
Pray for those who are lost.
Share what God has done in your life.
Love each other.
Don’t judge others just because they don’t walk the same way you walk.
Don’t be afraid to cry.
Remember that you are never alone. I wasn’t truly living until I finally grew up and when I grew up, I remember how magical it felt to be a kid. Enjoy those moments. You will grow up one day and you will face hard times, pain, hurt, fear, rejection, loss, etc. You will also have many blessings in between. Lean on God. He picked me up when I have fallen, more times than I can count – even when I didn’t think I needed His help, He was there. Even when I turned my back on Him, He was there. And now, as I pray for you, your safety, your future, your life, He is there, listening, guiding me as your mom, watching over us all.
Even when there is no where else to turn, remember that I told you, your Bible should be like your right hand and no matter where you go in life, you can find answers in there. You can learn how to love others, how to work out relationships, how to handle your finances, how to love your children, how to raise them to be kind, caring, loving people, how to reach out to others and share the good that has come to you and soooooo much more just from that one book.
Through it all, stand true to yourself. Don’t believe because someone else says it’s true. Believe because that’s what God is telling you. Find truth for yourself. Seek Him. Pray. Listen. Be open to what He has to say to you.
Until then, treasure every moment because the reality is you aren’t promised tomorrow.
Enjoy the innocence of being young and the magic of being a child!
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