As a parent, you spend years having your life overtaken by your children. Those leisurely Saturday mornings when you don’t get dressed until noon, those romantic candlelight dinners with adult music, and those spontaneous weekend outings are in your review mirror for what seems, at times, like forever. But as a mom and dad, you cherish those moments, because they are truly driven by pure love. When you feel those hugs and wet baby kisses, you want to freeze those special moments, but suddenly, you look at those babies and realize that they have become adults.
If you have done your job, they are taxpaying wage earners and have left the nest. Perhaps they have families of their own. When that happens, sad as it may be to see them leave, you have succeeded.
So it was this in mind that I had an interesting conversation with four-year old Bryce recently regarding his thoughts on becoming an adult.
Bryce: I decided that when I am a grown-up I am going to live here in my house forever with my family and parents.
Me: Don’t you want to live in your own house?
Bryce: I don’t want to miss Christmas.
While I want my children to always love me, by the time they have their own families, I don’t think I want them staying “forever.”
I think I will be happy with just lots of visits and an amazing Christmas at their “grown-up house.”