Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Gratitude Post #19
Today I am grateful that not all of my children are teenagers at the same time, nor toddlers. When I had just Dillan and Chloe, I was talking with a woman about how I loved him as a 3 year old with all the funny things that he said and Chloe as a baby that I got to dress up as my living doll, and how I loved these ages and dreaded when they were teenagers. She said that she loved her children at all stages of their lives, even when they were teenagers. I looked at her incredulously because I remembered what I was like as a teenager and we don't need to call my parents or siblings to confirm that I was a HUGE pain as a teenager. I picture my parents singing songs of joy when they dropped me off at college. I couldn't believe that any sane person would enjoy a teenager. Now, truth be told, this woman that I was talking to is not a sane person, I don't mean that she has been diagnosed with any mental disorder, but she does punch my husband in the arm every time she sees him and calls him a jerk, and Kevin has seen her puppy climb down her dress and come out the bottom, so her opinion is not completely balanced, but I do understand her point. As my children have grown, I can appreciate them at each stage in their lives. I love babies and their smell and the funny faces that they make when they sleep. I love toddlers and their curiosity. I love preschoolers and their perspective of the world. I love school age when they are able to play and have fun. I love teenagers WHEN I can talk to them and discuss what is going on (NOTE: I did put WHEN in caps on purpose. I believe I am getting a taste of my own medicine with this one. I used to tell my mom to stop looking at me and I would not converse as a mature individual. I was a stinker.). And I look forward to when my children become parents and then I get to be the grandma. And I will tell their children all about their parents silliness. But, boy, am I grateful that I'm not Nadya Sulemon (aka "Octomom"), and not just because she has fourteen children, eight of which are the same age. I can't even wrap my brain around having more than one person in each stage. I'm glad that I get to appreciate each one of them as they go through each phase.