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I Miss The Simple Days
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I Miss The Simple Days

I was just thinking about how wonderful it is when your kids are young and you get glimpses of life from their perspective. I really miss those days. Now that they are all adults it feels like something is missing from my life sometimes. But I have the memories.

The days when a hug or kissing their boo-boo could instantly fix anything. Those times were simpler and a lot of fun. I do remember the exhaustion of getting up early and going to bed late. Many nights not getting to sleep all night because one of them was sick.

The hectic days of dance class, piano lessons, and sports practice. The times when schedules overlapped and I was supposed to be in two places at once. It could get a bit crazy, but we always managed.

Slumber parties where none of the girls slept. Red kool-aid spills on the beige carpet. Glitter….oh the glitter spills from art projects gone awry!

And are there really many better things in life than holding your sleeping child in a rocking chair? Looking at their angelic faces while they sleep is one of life’s great pleasures.

Watching them play and learn new things was a special joy of mine. When they work so hard to achieve a goal and finally make it they are so excited!

Then there are always the funny things they say when they are young that make you laugh every time you think of them.

The oldest daughter and her dad were walking to the park one day on a street with no sidewalk. She was about 4 at the time. She very seriously asks her dad, “Daddy, do you have Jesus in your heart?” He answers, “Yes, I sure do sweetie”. She says, “Oh good, cuz there’s a car coming”

I read to my kids a lot when they were growing up. We were reading Little House On The Prairie. The middle child was about 3. We had just moved from the city out to a place in the country.

Suddenly, I could not get the middle daughter to keep her shoes on to save my life. She would take them off constantly. So one day I asked her why she wouldn’t wear her shoes. She says “Cause I’m a country girl now and country girls don’t wear shoes.” A line directly out of the book!

The teen years hit for the oldest one and we had the issue of boys. We were sitting on the deck one night discussing how hard it was because we were not going to allow her to have a steady boyfriend at age 13. She wasn’t real thrilled with us to say the least.

The youngest comes over and gets in my lap and says, ‘Don’t worry momma, I’m not even gonna even look at boys til I’m 17. I promise.” This sounded pretty good until her next statement. “But when I’m 17 I want a Harley.” Why? Because she figured it she had a Harley she could get any man she wanted!

We have since traded in the innocence of childhood, sports swards, dance and piano recitals for high school diplomas, and college degrees in progress. I am very proud of my young women, but I miss my little girls sometimes.


Street Talk

Awesome! I have nine kids and your article has brought back some great memories! Great job, thanks!

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you so much! Raising them was the greatest job ever! The oldest is visiting right now and we have spent several days at my mom's. It's been great. Yard sale this weekend with all the work so far done by the girls while I was painting my mom's workshop. I almost have all the paint off...lol!

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  about 9 years ago

I feel the same way, well, at least I did until the two houses next to me were sold and between the two new families there are now 14 kids under the age of 15 living next to me, lol.

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  about 9 years ago

I would be in heaven....baking cookies and sharing and just enjoying watching them play! But I can see how it might get a lil noisy!

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  about 9 years ago

I do not mind at all, I call them all my clan, lol

  
  about 9 years ago

Wow it was so long ago that my kids were kids now I only get to enjoy my Grand kids and boy they grow faster than your own ever did...

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  about 9 years ago

That's what I hear Rob! I am gonna enjoy every minute of it when the time comes for the grandbabies!

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  about 9 years ago

I loved this article, Lacey. My son is 9 and believe me, I am hanging on to every moment I can. Even when things are crazy, I remind myself that someday, I will miss that craziness and I know I will. Thank you for sharing your precious memories.

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  about 9 years ago

You will miss it. Write down those funny things they do and say and take tons of pics! The most memorable days with mine were usually just 'kick back' days.

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  about 9 years ago

What a sweet article, Lacey. I think ALL moms can relate to this story. My boys are 28 and 26. What I've give for a 'rocking chair' moment. Thanks for rekindling the memories for me.

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  about 9 years ago

Mine are almost 25, 21, and 18. And one of my daughters friends adopted me a while back (her mom is deceased) and she is almost 27, so it was a zoo sometimes!

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  about 9 years ago
C. Hughes  

Dads too. My girls have girls of their own now. Love being a Gramps.

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  about 9 years ago

Those days were great..slower pace.. time to enjoy

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  about 9 years ago

Definitely so Sharon. I was fortunate enough to be at home with them for 17 years. It was amazing.

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  about 9 years ago
AnnMarie  

Sounds like you are a wonderful parent. How precious are those memories? Thanks for sharing.

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  about 9 years ago

I try very hard to be a wonderful parent. Mostly I make it, sometimes not so much. But I wouldn't trade them for anything!

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  about 9 years ago

I enjoyed reading this, it was a great change of pace from the usual.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks so much Ty!

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  about 9 years ago

What a fun little read, thank you for sharing that. I immediately went back to the days of 3 channels, stations shutting down after the late news, drinking from the hose.

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  about 9 years ago
Meredith  

Just you mentioning drinking from the hose made me remember Exactly what it tasted like... Not too good but glad to have it!

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  about 9 years ago

Yeah the hose was kinda icky, but not as bad as having to pump your own at the horse trough like I did at my grandpa's!

  
  about 9 years ago

3 Channels? Dang how old are you Wayne? ;-)

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  about 9 years ago

Yep that was pretty much my childhood too Wayne. I survived and didn't come out too bad!

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  about 9 years ago
Joan S  

Oh sweet! Those innocent days, where are they? Here's the good news Lacey. We don't really grow up. Your daughters will fall asleep in your lap, right now at any age. They probably miss those days too.

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  about 9 years ago

They do. One of them just moved 2000 miles to be closer to her momma. I am loving it.

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  about 9 years ago
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