When I was a kid I used to sing “I won’t grow up” from the Peter Pan Musical all the time. Everyone would say I would have to grow up eventually… And they are still saying it.
It’s not that I am immature (eh, well… sometimes). I am extremely responsible and independent which I think has nothing to do with not wanting to grow up.
I just don’t want to be at the point where life is so freaking serious that I can’t play. I want to laugh. I want to have fun. I want to see the world through the same excitement and wonder that kids do.
There has to be a balance though, right?
I also want to get shit done at the same time. Work hard and play harder!
Being a Mom grants me the ability to feel accomplished by being the best Mom I can be while instilling morals, integrity and responsibility in my children… while we have a blast!
When my family came to visit from Japan they brought one of the greatest gifts of all: Toys from my childhood. Well, they were my little cousin’s toys but every summer when we went to Japan we would all play with them. Godzilla, Ultraman and every monster imaginable had been collected over the years and now a portion of them are ours.
Dishes get dirty, kids don’t clean their rooms, they throw fits, they meltdown, they have defiant moments and they will do things that sometimes break your heart. But, they are kids and those hard moments are fleeting. They live in a world where anything is truly possible, everything is an adventure and they are constantly absorbing everything around them. We should all be so lucky.
Being able to gain that perspective and reliving my childhood again is worth more than anything I could ever purchase.
And my life wouldn’t be the same without these little moments where my son does something innocently then exclaims, “Whoa! Ultraman has an ULTRA PENIS!”
About Leila DontSpeakWhinese
Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is a single Mom with two amazing kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.