Grow up. Why? Do I have to?
I’m telling you, if I could fly off to Never-Never-Land I would. Often times I find myself consumed in nostalgia, I look at childhood photos and flashback to that day. There’s one in particular of my dog and I when I was 8 years old, Nikki. I remember that day so clearly, my eldest brother was out in the backyard taking pictures of my siblings with my dog and all I wanted was to be included. He kept telling me I couldn’t go on the grass because I was too young and would step in dog poop. I begged and pleaded then finally, he invited me to take a picture, as well. I was elated!
With a heavy-heart, Nikki has been in Doggy Heaven for 13 years now. As I have said before, time will always win the race of life. We really do need to slow ourselves down.
Reminiscing of the “good ol’ days” clouds my eyes. My heart feels heavy with each memory, I can’t help but mourn the loss of my childhood. Everything was so simple then, cookies made me happy, we went on frequent family camping trips, and Nikki was the only friend I ever needed. One day my brothers became “too old” for our camping trips, and eventually, I guess I did, too.
My family is ever-growing, I have seven nieces and nephews with one more on the way. We get together as often as possible, but it never seems to be enough. Time is a funny thing, really. We never appreciate it when we’re younger, and then one day our time will be up and we’ll be wondering where it all went. However, we are young; we still have time.
Sadly, I know that 10 years from now I’ll be looking back at tonight and shake my head at myself. Youth is something that is underappreciated when we have it and missed when gone.
The truth is, life is short. We do need to stop to smell the roses and enjoy the smiles, laughter, and hugs from all that we love. Remember, time will always win.