Growing Up…

This weekend was all about growing up for me. Although I spent a majority of it trying to understand myself and the people around me, I think it was an important weekend in my life so far.

I’m changing, the world around me is changing, & I’m not going to lie, change is scary. My cousins are growing up, one of them is about to graduate. I’m moving away soon. But, once you get over the fear, you start to cherish life & think about things a little differently.

Many of you were wondering where I disappeared to this weekend, because I didn’t get to socialize much. Well, I started my weekend in St. Maries baking cookies & lazing around. I ended my weekend in Spokane with my mother’s side of the family. I was told many great stories & did my very best to take everything in.

I watched a series of events unfold &, as each one did, I laughed to myself. Everything about my family…. what’s not to love? My aunts taking photos of us roasting marsh mellows to make my cousins back home jealous, Grandma’s at the end of the fire with smoke blowing into her face, Grandpa’s telling her, “I will trade you places!” But no. “I can handle it,” she says, but her expression says otherwise; right before she closes her eyes & covers her mouth. Because Grandma cannot see, her marsh mellow catches fire. “John! John!” she yells to her brother as she begins to swing the marsh mellow around on the stick. “What did I do?” he asks. LOL – This is about the time that they tell him, as always, that everything is his fault. After all, it’s his house, it’s his fire pit. 🙂 Ahhh – I cannot get enough of that family.

With that said, my little words of wisdom to you are to do everything you can to cherish the moments that you have with your family. You never know how things will be in 5 years, 10 years… You just dont know how much things will change. The more you remember & cherish today, the more memories you will have to look back on later. Don’t let the fear of change stop you. Don’t let the thought that everything will stay the same stop you either. And, finally, don’t let yourself regret. Life’s too short for any of these things.
A.E.C.

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