5.21.19 Twenty Ways I’m Pretty Sure I’m Still a Kid

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“There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.” – Milan Jundera

I decided a great long time ago that I was never going to grow up fully. I can’t say exactly when I made this magnanimous decision … maybe when I read Peter Pan for the first time … maybe when my dad held me to his chest and said, “My little girl is growing up?” It might have been when I decided to be a teacher to stay with kids longer,  or even when I had my own babies and tried to raise them to have their own golden childhood.

Though some days (like today) I feel ancient and tired from my long, weary schedule … I’ve been reflecting on the twenty ways that I’m pretty sure I’m still a kid.

  1. I drink chocolate milk regularly … like … every other day.
  2. I dip animal crackers in my coffee.
  3. Converse are my favorite shoes and I have about fifteen pairs in different colors that I often wear with skirts – at work.
  4. I write children’s books because they are the genre I still most enjoy reading.
  5. I celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in my class with readings no matter what age I’m teaching.
  6. I believe in the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Yeti, and other unproven creatures … the way I see it is … if they haven’t proven they don’t exist – why not?
  7. I often wear my hair in double braids like Dorothy or double buns like Princess Leia … depending on my mood.
  8. My favorite animal changes every day.
  9. I am more excited to go to the zoo than my own children.
  10. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of pretend.
  11. I want to be a fairy and sprinkle glitter generously and often.
  12. I will eat ice cream any time of the day it is offered to me.
  13. I love stickers.
  14. I think pizza tastes best on Friday because it is my favorite day of the week.
  15. I still ask my mom, dad, sister, cousin, and best friends before making any decisions about important things.
  16. I still ask my husband for five more minutes when I wake up (and he gives me ten because he’s amazing like that).
  17. I love cartoons. I even watch them alone.
  18. I have a Disney playlist that I pride myself on because I know all of the words to every song and my kids don’t.
  19. I have a yearning to play kickball every day of recess duty.
  20. I wish on everything … eyelashes, 11:11, stars, candles, sometimes even airplanes if they’re flying fast enough at night.

Come on … be young with me! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got on your kid list and if any of our kiddish tendencies overlap! Please reach out and tell me a few so I can add them to my life habits!

Yours kiddo,

Elle

6 thoughts on “5.21.19 Twenty Ways I’m Pretty Sure I’m Still a Kid

  1. Oh indeed, there is no need to be a grown up all the time. Of course Friday is the best day, just as it is a fact that ice cream is for anytime on any given day. I like to blast music with the car windows down. My fingernails and toes are always sprinkled with sparkle Regarding Converse shoes…I’m working on it…I now have 4 pairs (bought in the last month.) When my music is fun and upbeat I skip instead of walk. I need to add a couple of items to wish on: pennies; find one on the ground-pick it up-make a wish-throw it for the next wisher. Also Fountains-throw a penny- make a wish. Can’t forget the Wishbone-2 people pull apart and wish. Finally the “wishies” in the fields-pick one up-blow all the wishies off. There is even a Psalm for dreamers and delighters: Read Psalm 104. May you too be in awe and wonder of our great God; our Creator.

  2. We all need this reminder! Loved reading your list! For me, I blow the seeds of a dandelion and make a wish whenever I see one, I yearn to climb a tree every time there is a low branch, I look for four leaf clovers, and now and then I enjoy a maple Persian and chocolate milk reminding me of school after mass. And when there is a penny on the ground, see a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck!

  3. Oh what a fun reminder! I have been adding more fun kid things back into my life and it amazes me how it makes you feel. Need to add Converse shoes or Keds back into my summer. Dad taught us the art of dipping cookies in milk, ice cream requires sprinkles (little pieces of happiness), blowing bubbles, water balloons, crayons smell like first grade, smores dripping with melting sticky mess, sleeping outside, sugar cookies (sprinkles again), dandelion wishes, swing sets, being with children, their laughter is free, found coins are thoughts from our personal angels, old cartoons, Disney movies, snow angles, and driving with your head out the window singing as loud as you can.

    Thanks for the reminder to not grow up!!!

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