Growing up is hard to do…….specially if you’re me

IMG_4345Have you ever wondered if you should be more grown up? I do on an almost daily basis. That is, just long enough to then hide behind a doorway and pop out to scare the unsuspecting eleven year old, before snaffling her for a hug. Or to give an award winning rendition of “What Does the Fox Say?” over the breakfast table to my long suffering offspring. They pretend they don’t love it, but I’m oh, so sure they do. How could they not??

I still ring my parents most April Fool’s Days. It might be just to let them know as a courtesy that the road they’re to be travelling that day has experienced a natural phenomenon, whereby thousands of kangaroos have congregated and that the local council has had to divert the traffic…..

Turns out the hubs isn’t much better. He’ll glide past the house windows on his prized John Deere mower, making ridiculous faces for all onlookers to admire. He’ll even occasionally do this whilst standing up and facing backwards. Twas a shame he didn’t see the corner of the house jump out at him on one occasion. Naturally that incident became gold to us and it haunts him to this day.

When the eleven year old concussed herself and ended up in a Bali hospital earlier in the year, we were all momentarily petrified. Within a couple of days, by which time we had been much relieved to find out that her injuries were of a temporary nature, we had all coined a catchphrase which now plagues her. “I was in the pool?” chimes out at her whenever she is the slightest bit forgetful about any small thing.

I ponder what our family code would look like to an outsider, if they were ever a fly on our walls. They might well be…..we have so many of the bloody things where we live; it’s probably a downright invasion, come to think of it. Anyway, what I was grasping at was that my little tribe has such a language that even just a look or slight movement can convey peals of laughter (or an eye roll, depending on the recipient). Its always in the name of harmony and good fun, and most always at home. It’s a therapy and a balm to us all in stressful times. To the outside world, we’re a nice normal family. I think.

So should I grow up? Not today. Nor tomorrow. I don’t think I’m at all capable. For I adore that our family have the ability to laugh together. I adore that we all love being in each others’ company. There’s no one else in the world I’d rather hang out with than with them. And it’s a complete bonus if I can keep on being silly and absurd in the meantime. Heaven help the people who are landed with me in the retirement village, though.

Have you grown up yet?

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11 thoughts on “Growing up is hard to do…….specially if you’re me

  1. Love it!! What a joy it is to have such a happy home life. Never grow up, I have to be an adult for my work but at home we just act like children, and love it!! Glad we are not alone 🙂

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  2. Oh Sarah what a classic! I LOVE this post, what fun! Nope never grow up, not if it means losing that fabulously fun atmosphere at home. We have a very similar environment at our place, the teens are always saying things like ‘imagine what people would think if they could see us now!’

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  3. Gorgeous first post.

    Growing up is so over rated. After all what can be more fun than making your seven year old laugh so hard she has a hard time breathing because you’ve coined the phrase “I’ve gotta make a boom boom” (something the husband started I swear!!) to mean that your are going to blow up the toilet.

    I mean come on, for the first time in my life I can use ‘toilet’ humor and not be told it’s gross or get dirty looks from the other pretend adults.

    Nope I’m not growing up either.

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  4. *This may be a double reply…I typed the first out and hit post then it made me sign in and well I don’t know if it went through or got lost in the nether-sphere with Danny Pink. *

    Gorgeous first post.

    Growing up is so over rated. After all what can be more fun than making your seven year old laugh so hard she has a hard time breathing because you’ve coined the phrase “I’ve gotta make a boom boom” (something the husband started I swear!!) to mean that your are going to blow up the toilet.

    I mean come on, for the first time in my life I can use ‘toilet’ humor and not be told it’s gross or get dirty looks from the other pretend adults.

    Nope I’m not growing up either.

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    • Yay for toilet humour! And Yay for the seven year olds we get to enjoy it with! You’re another one of my tribe….there’s no way I could live in a stuffy household! Thanks so much coming over for a peek and for your kind words, Felicia! xx

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  5. Sounds like you and your family have a lot of fun! It’s so important to not take life too seriously. Keep on being a fun Mum! If everyone released their inner child more often the world would be much better for it! Btw….I love the theme you’re using. I spent days (seriously!) looking for one I like and gave up in the end! Too fussy perhaps lol.

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    • Hi Shauna, Thanks so much for having a read! I see a big part of my role as a mum to be a memory maker for the family, and that often involves a deal of silliness. You’re totally right about the inner child, and fortunately for me it comes easily (a little too much so at times!). It’s nice to hear that you like the theme; I’ve been humming and hahing over it….there’s still so much I need to do to pretty it up, but it’s hard finding the time for the techy stuff!! Lovely to meet you! Sarah x

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