All day, everyday I hear my children mumble, "I can't wait to grow up". This of course causes instant need to shake them vigorously while screaming "snap out of it kid, you have no idea what you are wishing for" Of course the more you tell them how un-fun being an adult really is, the more they appear to want it. In fact many conversations in my home, go some what like this...
Me: Clean your room
Spawn: I can't wait to grow up so I don't have to clean my room
Don't they realize, that growing up means that not only do they have to clean their room, but they also have to clean up the rooms, and messes of others as well.
Me: Do the dishes please
Spawn: I can't wait to grow up so I never have to wash dishes again
Sorry kid, but when you grow up you not only have to wash dishes, but you also have to prepare the food that creates those dirty dishes.
Me: It's time for bed
Spawn: I can't wait to grow up, so I won't have a bedtime
I promise that when you grow up you will look forward to bedtime, with eager anticipation, you will also probably want.... NAPS *gasp*
Me: Eat your dinner
Spawn: I can't wait to grow up so I can eat whatever I want
sadly once you are grown up, your metabolism will betray you and slow down to the speed of a slug, meaning you still are unable to eat whatever you want (well at least not without paying for it later). So eat your dinner, and while you are at it, enjoy your doughnuts and candy bars while you still can.
Me: Do your homework
Spawn: homework is dumb, I can't wait till I grow up, and never have to do homework again
When you grow up homework will be replaces with house works, jobs, bills, and guess what maybe even homework (that is of course if you have school aged children)
I wish that we could magically go all freaky Friday on my kids, and zap them 10 years into the future, showing them what adulthood, and all of it's "Fun" is really about. Oh the things I would do if I could relive my childhood. I would sleep till noon, and catch up on all those avoided naps. I would watch cartoons, and ride a bike without saying I was bored. I would eat a greasy burger, and a deep fried side of potatoey goodness without complaining (or counting calories). I would do my homework, make my bed, and wash the dishes without complaint. I would wear cool clothes, and stay up late. Oh the places I would go... Oh the things I would do... How about you? What would you do if you could relive your childhood too??