No More Oatmeal Kisses

One of these days, you’ll shout, “Why don’t you kids grow up and act your age!”
And they will.

Or, “You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do . . . and don’t slam the door!”
And they won’t.

You’ll straighten up the boys’ bedroom neat and tidy: bumper stickers discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves. Hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you’ll say out loud, “Now I want it to stay this way.”
And it will.

You’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to death and a cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you’ll say, “Now, there’s a meal for company.”
And you’ll eat it alone.

You’ll say, “I want complete privacy on the phone. No dancing around. No demolition crews. Silence! Do you hear?”
And you’ll have it.

No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti. No more dandelion bouquets. No more bedspreads to protect the sofa from damp bottoms. No more gates to stumble over at the top of the basement steps. No more clothespins under the sofa. No more playpens to arrange a room around.

No more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent. No more sand on the sheets or Popeye movies in the bathroom. No more iron-on patches, rubber bands for ponytails, tight boots or wet knotted shoestrings.

Imagine. A lipstick with a point on it. No baby-sitter for New Year’s Eve. Washing clothes only once a week. Seeing a steak that isn’t ground. Having your teeth cleaned without a baby on your lap.

No PTA meetings or silly school plays where your child is a tree. No car pools. No blaring radios or forgotten lunch money. No one washing her hair at 11 o’clock at night. Having your own roll of Scotch tape.

Think about it. No more Christmas presents out of toothpicks and library paste. No more sloppy oatmeal kisses. No more tooth fairy. No giggles in the dark. No knees to heal, no responsibility.

Only a voice crying, “Why don’t you grow up?”
and the silence echoing, “I did.”

…Erma Bombeck

Time goes much too quickly.  Turn off your computer and enjoy your kids this weekend! 

(Come back Monday though for an exciting announcement!)


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9 comments on “No More Oatmeal Kisses

  1. Kathi B on said:

    Thanks for the friendly reminder. It’s a great weekend to spend some family time. :)

  2. Ashley on said:

    After reading this I’ve started my weekend crying my eyes out. So true- they grow up so fast.

  3. Tiffany on said:

    Wow, I loved that! That will definately pull at your heartstrings.

  4. They do grow up way too fast!!! Thanks for this.

  5. Sharon on said:

    They do grow up fast!
    Enjoy that little girl….I am going to enjoy mine.

  6. rachel on said:

    You always have the best posts

  7. I LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Oh and exciting news Monday? I’m eager to find out!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Ture so true..

  9. Well since all mine are grown up, I am on the computer on a Saturday afternoon!!! That was SO touching!! I copied and pasted it and sent it to Carrie, Karen, and Kelly!! Now my nose is running! and I am all teared up! It is so true! Hugs Grams

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