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If Wishes Were Horses. . .

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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.)

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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):

  1. 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. . .)
  2. Picking up the check (and being able to!)
  3. Managing all the important papers (and knowing where to find them when you need them).
  4. Making sure the doors are locked at night (and turning off the lights).
  5. Sitting at the head of the table (and carving the meat, too).
  6. Commanding the best-seat-in-the house (in the Alpha Recliner . . . WITH the remote control).
  7. Knowing how to make most standard home repairs. . .
  8. And having the necessary tools at hand . . .
  9. (And knowing who to call if you can't!)
  10. 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.

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margene

We're thinking about our parents today, the day we admit we're grown up. I didn't want to think about being grownup. It's for the birds, except I like having, and putting, my roof over my head.

Patty

So much of this hits home! Especially after the recent period of all the lights on outside in the morning, kicking one out of the alpha chair, and a couple instances of using said parent phrases!

Donna

Oh my gosh yes - don't you love it when you say something and think "I sound just like my mother"? Cleaning up the gross stuff. Oh yes - that is a definite reminder that you are the grown up in charge. Great list!

Bonny

#4 is definitely important (as is the rest of your list), but I'm childishly proud that there's still one parental phrase I've yet to utter - the infamous "Do as I say, not as I do"!

Carole

Oh, definitely those phrases our parents used to say! I find myself saying things to Hannah and I can't even believe it.

Jo

Loved the humor in your list! I also liked the comment about the kids---yeah, being grown up has its downside, but it who would want to be a perpetual adolescent!

Marilyn

Love your list. Yup...it's what makes you the grownup to do/be able to do all those things. And I do them too...but most of the time I still feel like a kid on the inside!

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