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racyredlace 50F
518 posts
8/24/2016 8:30 pm
Then they do

grow up. In a hurry.

My youngest has decided he needs to wear stylish clothes. He's outgrown camp shorts and basic tshirts. He likes to shop in stores that sell jeans for the price I would pay for a complete outfit. Yesterday, he got the braces off his teeth and got a different haircut. He aged 5 years in 2 hours. He's a big . Literally, he's one of the 3 tallest 10th graders. He used to be the littlest in the grade. He's still full of mischief, he still gets the same impish look in his eye when he knows he's going to do something, and that something is going to land him in a spot of trouble, but it's going to be hilarious, so it's worth it. His spirit has grown with his body. I'm just hoping there's no more twerking in math class or "excessive mooing" (yes, he mooed excessively in 2nd grade, it's noted in his permanent record). He'll be better when he's older. I'm sure of it.

The middle has been off at college for 10 days. She moved in early because she's on a sports team. I just saw a picture of her and her teammates enjoying some downtime at the lake after running the trails there. She. Looks. Like. She's. 26. She was 18 when I dropped her off. She's beautiful. Rockin a bikini on her 6'0, athletic frame. Whatever happened to scabby kneed, sticky faced, filthy little girl who played in the creeks and woods, and bet her dad $10 she could milk a wild bunny? The girl who picked all the apples too soon to feed to her pretend horses. Oh, I know she's still in there, she's just changed shapes. She wants to play with the animals in the woods as a profession. She'll get there.

The oldest , dubbed "great mighty ruler" by the younger ones, has done the college thing, for awhile, she took some time off to "figure things out." I think we all know how that goes, they never go back. But that's ok, she stumbled into a job she loves, that pays well. And has the potential for moving up the ladder. She's back under my roof, but she's doing good. Paying her bills, saving a small fortune. She's up at 3 am some mornings. She gets shit done. She's a boss. In everything she does. Whether she's coaching her sister in sports, or tutoring her brother in algebra, or running a business for her boss. She's got this. Always has.

So, while its sad that they grow up so fucking fast, it's cool to see some of their traits grow with them. But dammit, where did the time go?

KtMnDu 68M
6214 posts
8/24/2016 9:07 pm

I don't have any children....it just wasn't in the cards at the time....and I don't regret that choice....and yet it is so neat to hear as parents send their kids out into the wild.....what a great...mostly....experience that must be......and that time thing, it just keeps on a rolling......Great Post!......

howlindog50 69M
509 posts
8/24/2016 9:30 pm

I SO understand where you're coming from! . . . my 3 guys (oldest is 42 . . . 'middle kid' is 37 . . . youngest 33 & just got married a few weeks ago) are the greatest . . . all are accomplished in what they do . . . makes ya proud of 'em . . . but every once in a while . . . thinking back to the camping trips, little league games, etc. . . . that WAS just last week, wasn't it???

porterpiper1 53F
3763 posts
8/24/2016 11:53 pm

I know how you feel, they grow up so fast, and your three seem to mirror my three except it is two boys and one girl, My oldest son is the boss, middle sister baby her younger brother who is 25, but all live on their own, it is great sometimes but I do miss them a lot, I find myself sometimes looking at their pics when they were babies and younger, and get teary eyes, because I miss holding my babies, kissing their booboos, and helping with homework, no grandkids, but I do have a granddog, and four grandcats lololol, they say that will be the only grand kids I get

TicklePlease 52F  
12826 posts
8/25/2016 7:23 am

Boy do I know what you mean.... The beginning of the school year always gets me a little verklempt as it really hits home how much they've grown under the dirt of summer!

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