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Don't fight it, just go with the flow...
Submitted By edith on 09/11/17
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Growing up is a normal, everyday thing that happens gradually. 
You don't just wake up one morning, all finished -  grown up.
You probably knew that already...
I sound like I'm going to go off into a long boring talk about growing up, but I'm not.
Trust me. 
I'm not.
What I am going to do, is tell you something that I've noticed about myself lately.
It made me laugh when I realized I was doing this...
I remember when I was younger I would see some of the things grown-ups did - what they said, how they acted, how they talked to little kids, like me - and I would think to myself, "When I'm a grown-up, I won't do those silly things".  
Like, for example, putting on a different voice when you talk to a child.
I always detested being talked down to.
Or how about when a child is talking to you, listening, but not really listening.  Zoning out...thinking about other things, important things - like zucchini, or thumb tacks, and why leaves are green and not purple - when really the important thing is to listen to what they have to say.
But, the peculiar thing is, I find myself doing, and saying the things that I used to say I would never do.
I try not to talk down to children, simply because I really don't want to, and I think it's a bad habit to get into, but, sometimes, I catch myself doing it.
What really gets me, is when I catch myself saying, what I call "adult-isms"...actually, I just made that up, but that's what I call it now.  It's official.
"Are you alright?"
"Be careful!"
"Don't do that, you might get hurt!"
"Look both ways before you cross the street."
"Stay right there.  Don't go anywhere."
"Never spank your child on an empty stomach."
Oh, except for not that last one...sorry, that's from an old black and white movie...popped into my head just now...
Ahem, to continue...
Or, saying things during movies like, "That little boy isn't very nice", or "That wasn't a very smart thing to do!". 
And when I stop and think about it, it just makes me laugh.
It seems that grown-ups just can't help it - it comes naturally.  It's part of being an adult, and, someday, a parent.
And while I'm on the subject, when exactly do you become "grown-up"?
Have you ever wondered that?
Since we're always growing, it doesn't seem as if anyone is really "grown-up"...
Sure, there are adults, but some adults aren't what I would call "grown-up".
Maybe I'm not even as grown-up as I think I am...  Hmm, I think I'll ponder that one...but later, not now.
Hmm...well, anyway, I was just cracking myself up thinking about all of the adult-isms I've acquired that I promised I'd never do.
However, one thing that I absolutely WILL NOT do, is take bare-bottom pictures of my babies.
I refuse.
It may seem cute at the time, but it's certainly not appreciated by the future generations!
Diaper pics? Yes.
Bare-bottoms?  No!
Believe me, my children really will arise up and call me blessed because of my noble sacrifice!
There, now that that's off my chest...
Sorry if that bothered anyone, but, well, it had to be said.  It's written down now, so I won't forget as I get sucked farther along in this strange malady called adulthood.  I'll probably regret this in the morning - if this post disappears, don't be surprised;)
Happy Trails, y'all!
P.S. On a side note: I wonder why the voice in my head - you know, the one that's saying the words as I type them...wait, that sounded strange...oh, you know what I mean!  Anyway, I wonder why it has a British accent?  It generally has a British accent, but tonight is sounds like Hayley Mills.  I think I've been watching too many movies with her in them...Pollyanna...That Darn Cat (great flick, btw!)...Parent Trap.   Hmm...
P.S.S. I do apologize for the above...I think I'm getting the midnight sillies, and it's only 9:30.  Too bad you aren't here to share them with me, Kellie;)  We could get so more pics in Photo Booth=D

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2009/11/18 - 6:32 GMT
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Oh, Tasha! That was hilarious! Especially since Mom, Emily and I are all sitting on the couch and laughing hysterically and it is 10:30 PM. So i say "Yay! That was brilliant!" and Emily says "I'm too tired to laugh but if I could laugh i'd be too tired to anyways. Anyway, that was really funny." and Mom says "you WILL take pictures of your bare bottom babies! because that what all parents do! You just can't help it it comes with children."
lovingly ROFL for you,
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2009/11/18 - 23:22 GMT << In Reply to
Hehe - Well, since so many people enjoyed it, I guess I won't get rid of this post=)
I can just see the three of you, laughing hysterically...except for Emily, who was too tired to laugh;) lol.
No!  Never!!  I won't give in!!!;)  Wait, what was it we were talking about at Yearbook class?  Something about never saying never?!;D
Hmm, well, if I do give into the temptation, I'll at least keep the pictures where no one else can see them:)
See you at YP!
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2009/11/18 - 12:05 GMT
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Great post, Tash! Oh my goodness, I was sitting here eating my bagel and grinning from ear to ear. Perfect way to start my morning : )
I'm with ya on the bare-bottom thing. Really, who needs that when they get older?! It's an unnecessary burden for a child to bare - ahem, bear. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
I  totally find myeslf using "adult-isms" too, especially with my siblings. I say the exact stuff my mom always said to me. And I'm constantly trying not to talk down to kids - I must say I don't always succeed. It's harder than you'd think!
Anywho, awesome post. I wish I could write like you! And the British voice in your head that now sounds like Pollyanna....Great stuff :)
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2009/11/18 - 23:35 GMT << In Reply to
That's how I feel about your blog posts, Cuz - a great way to start the day:)
LOL!  You and I have the same sense of humor=D  Ya think we could be related?;D
It's kind of hard to use adult-isms on a younger brother who is way taller than you, but I still do sometimes:)
It is hard trying not to talk down to little kids - proves my point...if there indeed was a point to this post;)
I guess we're even, 'cause I wish I could write like you!=D  I love reading your posts - if I'm ever feeling really sad, I re-read the one you wrote about your crazy dream.  I laugh so hard I cry when I read it:)
It still sounds like Hayley Mills.  I can't shake it...oh well, could be worse, I suppose:) 
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2009/11/18 - 12:06 GMT
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I just had a brilliant idea. Would you consider letting me post this as a "Guest Post" on my blog? That would be awesome! If you don't want to, I totally understand though.
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2009/11/18 - 23:37 GMT << In Reply to
Sure!  I'm flattered that you want to=)

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