No other 8 year olds that I knew at that time still would admit to loving Curious George. It was kind of our family ‘secret.' (Though not really since she had a Curious George birthday party that year.) At the time, I remember being a little embarrassed that my 8 year old was still into Curious George when a lot of the girls I knew were into High School Musical and Hannah Montana.
Looking back on this now after 2 years have passed. It seems so stupid. She was only 8! Who cares if she still loved Curious George. As with all phases of childhood, they are just that, phases. Unless your child has some kind of special need, they will grow up. They will mature. Let them be who they are and let them be into what truly interests them.
Now, as I look at the pictures, I can see how excited my daughter was to meet Curious George. I am so glad she had that opportunity. I am glad I chose not listen to the mindset that she shouldn't like that character and I could let her enjoy her moment.
She looks so young in the pictures. I know at the time, I felt like she was so big. Now I look at how young and small she looks and I think her liking Curious George seems perfectly appropriate. Isn't it interesting how a few years and a trip down memory lane can change our perspective.
Just putting it out there in case you are a parent and you need a moment of perspective.
Even as I write this, I need some perspective. Snowflake is in a phase where she wants to be a rock star/diva when she grows up. She is always in her pretend world signing autographs, putting on shows, doing interviews on T.V., etc. Sometimes it drives me nuts. But you know what, it is jut a phase and it will pass and she will move on to the next phase(If she reads this she will gasp and tell me no way!). Most likely in some way that phase will drive me nuts and I will wish for another phase. UNLESS, I choose to stop letting the phases drive me nuts and choose to join my kids where they are. Sounds great, right. I'm working on it…and while I am at can someone please tell me that this really is a phase because my diva loving daughter is scaring me at times….LOL!
It sure is so much easier to have perspective in retrospect, but as parents we only get so much time for retrospect before they are gone and adults and on their own. I really want to work on joining my kids where they are and not waiting for a trip down memory lane to put it in perspective for me.
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