Thursday, March 18, 2010

I Wish I Was

Mama Kat asks, “When do you first imagine yourself wishing you were older or bigger?” for Writers’ Workshop this week.

Pondering this question made me chuckle a little because some of my first memories, maybe 3 or 4 years old, are of me wishing I was old enough to do this or that. 
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Kim

Being an only child I was quite a handful, always asserting my independence and wishing all that parent attention would be paid elsewhere.  In addition, a lot of my friends were 2-3 years older  so there was always that need to be like them  whether it was walking to a friend’s house by myself, riding a two-wheeler, staying home alone, parties, dating, driving, or drinking.

Often, this desire to age quickly caused rifts between me and my parents, especially my dad.  He wanted his little girl to stay little for a little longer and that made me just want to roll my eyes.  Of course, that always went over well.

Now, as a 36 year old, I would give anything to go back to that period of time where I wished to be older and tell myself to just enjoy being young.  The amount of time spent worrying about being older could have been spent just having fun as a little kid.  These days, I spend a lot of time wishing I was younger.  It’s funny how the pendulum swings isn’t it?

16 comments:

  1. It is funny how the pendulum swings. What a great word Pumpkin. I thought you were 26 : ). You seem young.

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  2. I feel ya! I was that girl, wishing I was older...and now I'm that girl wishing she was younger :)

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  3. Isn't that the truth? We spend our whole youth wishing we were older and our whole "old times" (what is the equivalent of youth? Middle age? Anyway... I digress) wishing we were young again.

    Visiting from Mama Kats

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  4. Amen to that! Youth is totally wasted on the young.

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  5. too bad youth is wasted on the ignorant, and wisdom on the old.

    Any way, I think you are a beautiful blogger and here is the proof. Come and get it.
    Greg

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  6. Totally agree! I find myself now telling my three boys to just enjoy being young.

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  7. Oh, what a little cutie you were!
    We always look back and want to tell ourselves things, don't we? Like somehow now we would listen.
    I try and remember that when I feel old and haggard; that in 10 and 20 years I will wish I was this age and looked so good! So I try and appreciate myself now...

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  8. Oh I can't get over that picture of little Kim and the dog. How adorable!

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  9. I remember having a curfew and wishing I was older so I didn't have a curfew ... now I wish I was younger ... sigh.

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  10. I can completely relate to this. I was an only child, too. If only I had known how easy life was then...

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  11. Grandma J called you Lil' Kim.

    You should still enjoy your youth while you have it, you know. Soon you'll be my age.

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  12. I vividly remember when all the neighborhood kids were having their "first day of school parade"...you know, lined up on the sidewalk in their new saddle shoes and seersucker dresses....and I cried. I was 3, and I wouldnt start kindergarten until the next year (Im an Oct. baby)....I cried, wailed, tantrumed (probably more, Grandma J probably remembers)....I so badly wanted to be a big kid and start school....

    Oh what I would give to have nap times again! 3 wasnt all that bad :)

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  13. I can't get over how cute you are and how 70's you are. Love it. I know. Man, I wish I was a footloose and fancy free kid.

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  14. I wish I was better at living in the now.

    Oh, and how cute where you? VERY!

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