Young people are just so wonderful and funny. It's sad how the grace period for them to remain young and child-like gets assaulted so early in their lives, squeezing them into a mold so as to take their place in the machine.
This post was inspired by Ellie. It is her quote in the title. After the conversation that I describe below, those were her words to me. So here's the blog post Ellie.
Last night my 15 year old had a couple of her friends over and along with my 13 year old they built a make-shift tent in the living room. When I came into the room to find that it had been consumed by this creation I asked what they were doing. This response came from under the cover: "We made a tent" to which I responded, "Why?" Ellie's answer was perfect. "Because it has been so long since I had made one and I just wanted to." You gotta love it.
Here's something good for us parents to constantly remind our children of:
Baby slow down
The end is not as fun as the start
Please stay a child somewhere in your heart
And here is some good advice for us adults because us saying it isn't enough...they need to see us doing the same and from what I see today they are seeing too often the opposite. This is from Anne LaMott's book Plan B.
"My friend Mark, who works with church youth groups reminded me recently that Sam doesn't need me to correct his feelings. He needs me to listen, to be clear and fair and parental. But most of all he needs me to be alive in a way that makes him feel he will be able to bear adulthood, because he is terrified of death, and that includes growing up to be one of the stressed-out, grey-faced adults he sees rushing around him."