My kids are at that life-stage where they're beginning to feel like grown-ups. Not every day, but most of the time. It makes me laugh when they lament those lost days of their childhoods . . . when they THOUGHT it would be so wonderful and easy to be a grown-up! (Reality bites.)
Today, we're thinking about things that make us feel like a grown-up. Here's what does it for me (and Tom; he helped me come up with this list):
- Cleaning up the gross stuff (you know . . . throw-up . . . doggy-diarrhea . . . dead bunnies trapped under the deck . . . decaying food in the back of the refrigerator. . .)
- Picking up the check (and being able to!)
- Managing all the important papers (and knowing where to find them when you need them).
- Making sure the doors are locked at night (and turning off the lights).
- Sitting at the head of the table (and carving the meat, too).
- Commanding the best-seat-in-the house (in the Alpha Recliner . . . WITH the remote control).
- Knowing how to make most standard home repairs. . .
- And having the necessary tools at hand . . .
- (And knowing who to call if you can't!)
- Using the same phrases your parents used to say* (those phrases you swore YOU'D NEVER SAY).
How about YOU? What makes you feel like a grown-up?
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* My mom used to say, "If wishes were horses we'd all take a ride!" I felt I had graduated into true, full adulthood the first time I heard myself utter that phrase outloud.