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The Pictures of a Grown-Up Child

Updated on September 7, 2014
Big Bird in Venice, Italy
Big Bird in Venice, Italy

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.

Big Bird on a Parisian Bidet
Big Bird on a Parisian Bidet

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"

Big Bird on a Canadian Cruise
Big Bird on a Canadian Cruise

Are you a child at heart?

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Big Bird in Athens Greece
Big Bird in Athens Greece

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 in Croatia
Big Bird in Croatia

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.

Big Bird on my wedding day in Curacao
Big Bird on my wedding day in Curacao

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."

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.

Do the people in your life accept you for who you truly are?

Big Bird with my hubby
Big Bird with my hubby

My husband loves me for who I am. Are the people in your life supportive of you?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Oh, it is you that is so sweet. I can see it in that smile. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Oh, it is you that is so sweet. I can see it in that smile. :)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Love Love Love this lens, your title caught my eye and drew me in here! Its very interesting and so touching. Just beautiful, thank you for sharing. ~Blessed~

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I love staying a child at heart! You will not be surprised to learn that when we took our children to Disney World over 15 years ago, I was the one who had to have a big stuffed pooh. He still sleeps next to my bed every night. I love to laugh and I enjoy being around people who laugh and don't mind being a little "silly" at times. Leaving my blessings from another grown up child :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      My father remained a child his entire life with a love for living that I have not encountered in another person. He taught myself and my siblings to love each moment of our life just as he did. It is a wonderful legacy to be a child at heart. I so enjoyed your story.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      My father remained a child his entire life with a love for living that I have not encountered in another person. He taught myself and my siblings to love each moment of our life just as he did. It is a wonderful legacy to be a child at heart. I so enjoyed your story.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A smile can take me miles! Like your cheery chronicle! :)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      There are three very well worn teddy bears: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor were gifts from people in college (a *lot* of years ago, whippersnapper!), and Middle Bear (uh huh, mixing astronomy and fairy tales) was a later arrival, sent to me from Germany by my mother. The Ursas traveled with me into the Peace Corps (Fiji), and all three have seen most of the western half and part of the eastern half of these United States. I recall getting a lot of smiles from the folks on the bus in Fiji, whereas on a Greyhound trip here, people just mostly pretended not to notice.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I love amusement parks - even more so than my kids!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I try to learn something new every day and enjoy that:)

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      I love this lens. IT is definitely true that every one stays a kid at heart. I also think that no matter how old you get, your parents will always think of you as their little baby :). Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the page, it is so special, reminded me a lot of memories, thank you so much for sharing. :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I still love to play games and I'm a huge Disney fan. My kids keep me young.

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I have this really big hat which prevents others to see how tall I actually am!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed this very much...the travel with Big Bird as well.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: You are so sweet:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stay young at heart, Melissa, it fits you like a glove. You are sooooo pretty! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I still love board games, my favorite activity as a kid. And I still have a goofy side that now mortifies my older girls. I have to remember to behave in public now.

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      SuperZoe LM 4 years ago

      I love this lens! I think still believing in our dreams is something that will keep us all kids at heart. Great work here.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Melissamio, we are all children at heart. It is funny how that does not relaly change (at least for me). I enjoyed seeing Big Bird's travels.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Interesting and touching lens.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Nice unique lens Melissa.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @fullofshoes: Thank you so much!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: That is very kind of you. I hope you enjoy my other lenses:)

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      we're all young at heart, great lens, Angel Blessed

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      Still enjoy cartoons...board games...baby talking to my dogs etc, etc, etc. :) Great lens!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      It's great to be able to go through life with a sense of humour : )

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Well done and ~blessed~, I so very much enjoyed this little peek into your heart.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have read this article and i will have to comment because of this interesting story. Very nice lens, hope your other lenses would also be interesting. I would like to read them all in my free time. Thanks for writing such a awesome lens.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Close2Art LM: Thank you so much!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @anonymous: Good for you! It's fun to have kids to now share our kid sides with:)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Lee Hansen: Yes I think he's right on the money.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Ruthi: I definitely will:)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @RestlessKnights: That's awesome! Thanks:)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @Monica Ranstrom: I totally agree!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      we're all young at heart, great lens, Angel Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fun lens!! I can totally relate. I'm a 35 year old mom who plays with Blythe dolls - which confuses alot of people, especially when I carry them around in public... I also dance with my daughter and color and play with legos and meow to songs when I don't know the words. (mind you, I did all of this even before she was born, LOL)

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I love the Woody Harrelson quote. So true. Inside we're all just kids and outside we have masks on.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Keep on embracing the child within - and that Big Bird of yours - and keep on reminding others to do same.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      I liked your lens because I'm a bit like you :).

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Fun lens! Thanks for sharing. I have learned to just be myself - I know that feeling of having to pretend to be grown up! But I loosen up more and have fun with people!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @gatornic15: I feel the same way about Disney:) I can't wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy it so that I can take them (read me). Thank you so much!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I still, and always will love Disney! I am like a kid in a candy store when I am at a Disney theme park. Looks like Big Bird has experienced a lot =) Blessed

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @KarenTBTEN: That's cute:) Thanks for sharing. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @siobhanryan: Thank you so much!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed-Angel Blessed

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      The ways I refuse to grow up are numerous and I really enjoyed your tribute to your favorite toy :)

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I have a a yellow duck in grimy baby pajamas that says hi. I had already graduated from college when I got said duck. A coworker found her in the road,in good condition, but with a burned foot. She's always worn pajamas because of the burned foot. I think she could use a cleaning and some new jammies.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @marigoldina: Aww I'm glad to hear there's another Big Bird out there:)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      @dancerene: I'm glad to know I'm not alone:) Yes he's my husband and I believe he actually loves me more for my child like spirit. It's so important to have someone who appreciates you for who you are!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I'm so glad my Big Bird has a kindred spirit! :-)

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      dancerene 5 years ago

      Cute photos of your good old big bird. So nice of your husband (he's your husband, right?) to accept you for who you are and accept big bird like his family too. I refuse to grow up.... just look at my profile pic.

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      flm_online 5 years ago

      I wish I was as traveled as Big Bird ;)