The Pictures of a Grown-Up Child
Is not a child that has grown-up in essence a grown-up child?
Every child that is given enough time will become a grown-up regardless of their parent's feelings on the matter. However just because one has aged the prerequisite years to be considered an adult, it does not mean they are not still a child at their core. This is my story of just one way in which I'm just a child at heart.
He's matted and his eye is scratched off. He's worn and well... loved. I was given Big Bird by my best friend for my 14th birthday. I'm sure from the picture many would have guessed a lot sooner. He has been a cherished companion of mine coming up on two decades now. Big Bird and I have a shared hobby- we both love to travel.
My growing up experience
From childhoold to "adulthood"
I had an idyllic childhood for which I'm very grateful to my parents. I was a terrible teen which probably stemmed from not knowing how to let go of childhood. I wanted to grow up and yet I wanted to hold on. Starting adulthood young I moved out of my parent's home before I even graduated from high school. I am now a full fledged adult. At 22 I bought my first home, at 23 I started my business, at 27 I married my husband, at 28 I had my first child and at 30 I had my second. I own 2 cats and 2 dogs. I'm a very mature and responsible person. I pay my bills on time, I get my teeth cleaned twice a year, I take my children to their baby well visits, I vote at election time and I haven't been in a car accident in over a decade. Yet through all this a part of me feels like an imposter. I feel like deep down I'm just a child pretending to me an adult.
No matter how old you become your parents will always call you their child.
Get a Sesame Street stuffed animal for your "child"
Are you a child at heart?
Learning to embrace who you are is part of growing up
When I was in my twenties I felt a little self conscious at business meetings or with employees. I felt like I had to pretend to be older or someone I was not. Now that I am a bit older I still feel like I'm putting on a show. I don't feel inside like I'm the person that I project. I still don't feel like I belong in the business world.
In my personal life it's different. I've learned after many years of life experience to embrace who I am. I believe the secret to others liking you is to be genuine and true to yourself even in times when you think you'll be rejected. Take me or leave me. Letting people know my quirkiness and see my weaknesses only seem to make them like me more. So if I take joy out of traveling with Big Bird and taking pictures of him around the world I'm not going to hide it!
Big Bird's travel experience
Big Bird has been to 9 countries and probably about 20 states. Why? Well partly because I think it's funny to take pictures of his travels but also because I want him to be there. My funniest memory of taking pictures with Big Bird was in Venice. It was in the evening on our hotel room balcony and I was posing in a dress before going out to dinner with my husband. I of course wanted to get a shot with my friend. I was in sight of gondola's gliding along the canal and I heard a European woman exclaim with a heavy accent, "What in God's name is THAT thing?" She sounded shocked and maybe even a little scared or outraged. Maybe she had no idea what it was but I like to think she did know and just couldn't believe a grown woman was posing with a very loved (to put it nicely) stuffed Big Bird. I laughed until I was crying. I have no idea what happened to that photograph but I have the memory.
Quotes on Never Growing Up
Walt Disney said, " You're dead if you only aim for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."
C.S. Lewis wrote, "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
Woody Harrelson stated, "A grownup is a child with layers on."
Cameras to catch your child at heart moments
If you could walk just a day in my shoes you'd feel the weight of a thousand woes.
If you spend just one day more, you might catch a glimmer of a child at play.
If you spent just one day extra you'd delve deep enough to get to the core.
You'd find a laughing child running the show.