July 2007 Archives

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As adults we know that childhood is precious and fleeting, so why are our kids in such a rush to grow up?

My husband came across a thought provoking little story that I would like to share with you.

Interview with God

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

"So you would like to interview me?" God asked.

"If you have the time" I said.

God smiled. "My time is eternity."
"What questions do you have in mind for me?"

"What surprises you most about humankind?"

God answered…

"That they get bored with childhood,
they rush to grow up, and then
long to be children again."

The other day while waiting at the schoolyard for our kids, another mom and I watched as two kids from my daughter’s fifth grade class were kissing.

Both of us Mom’s were surprised to see these children we knew in such a hurry to grow up, while our children were still playing in their tree-house and arranging ball-hockey games in the street.

We both were thankful our kids still wanted to be kids….. for the time being. Somewhat nervous of the upcoming teen years, neither one of us is in a big hurry for them to grow up.

It is sad that ‘youth is so often wasted on the young’ as someone wise once said.

It should be a time to be held onto for as long as you can, and maybe even beyond when it is socially acceptable to do so!

(Note to my children: What I mean by this is to always have the heart of a child…. Not, that you can live in my house till you’re 40! )