I was nine years old and she was thirty one, much younger than I am now, and yet-- egad, she was my mom for goodness sakes! She wanted something so outlandish, so awkward- she wanted to dance with me, and not just dance--
she wanted to do the bump
Shudder. ugh. there's no way no how, not now not ever! but my mom was fun and she was also young-- so she simply said,
"fine, if you won't bump with me, I'll bump with the wall!" and she did .
I miss my mom. Why is it after they go away, that's when you realize how amazing they were. Yes, she had flaws, but she always knew how to have a good time. As kids we miss out on the fact that parents are people too. With dreams and likes, and even though they were busy fighting dragons in the world so we never had to, they still sometimes imagine themselves in a Buzzby Birkly Musical when they are alone in the grocery store as they hop on the cart for a moment and push themselves off singing "The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow"
or- they'll bump with the wall.
take courage my parental friends-- your children may grumble at times and miss out on the best parts of you at others-- but the gift you leave behind as long as you love them will be worth far more than any property. For you will leave them a bit of yourself, and that twinkle in their eye-- will be the memory of you.
My friend Sarah wrote "showed Pippa, The Wizard of Oz, for the first time yesterday. I pretty much cried through the whole movie.
Children: Why does it make you cry? Does it scare you?
Me: I cry because I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
no joke people."