Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Take Your Daughters to Dinner Day

I went to dinner with a couple of old friends this past weekend.  And by old, I mean that I've known Debbie since high school and Julie since elementary school.  I won't do the math, but it's safe to say that we've been friends for a long, long time.  We brought our sweet daughters along with us except for one who had to work.  We all go to church together, but the time that we actually get to sit down and visit, without the organ playing in the background, is much less frequent than we'd like.  Seems like there's always dinner to cook, papers to grade, ballgames to go to, meetings to attend, and all of the other nine thousand roadblocks that keep friends from each other.   
It was a good night with our girls.  Don't tell them I said this, but I think they actually like hanging out with us.  We, moms, sat on one side of the table and our daughters on the other side.....each sitting directly across from their own mother.  I made the comment, as we gazed over at our young daughters, that it was just like we were looking in the mirror......to which I'm sure the girls were quietly gagging and thinking that from where they were sitting, "yeah, a funhouse mirror maybe". 
We remember what it was like to be their age..... having our whole lives ahead of us.  We remember the excitement of having decisions to make about our future. We remember those slender frames and gung ho metabolisms.........and having very few responsibilities with only ourselves to consider.  I know it's hard for them to believe, but we were there not very long ago. 
           
I thought about how quickly we let the years get by us.  We get married, get jobs, have bills and kids and responsibilities and before you know it.....you're on the other side of the table looking across at your nearly grown daughter whose face holds a resemblance to your former self......and you wonder how it happened so fast.

Before they turn around, they'll be on our side of the table with a caesarean scar, a mortgage, and a muffin top hanging over their stretchy pants, looking everywhere for the glasses that are on top of their heads, so they can read the menu........and their daughters will be asking for $30 and giggling at them because they don't know how to work the new iPhone 189S. 

And us?  Well, we'll be at home resting, watching the Wheel of Fortune, taking our Osteo Bi-flex, and wondering why they won't answer their phones.

Life happens fast, girls!  Seize the day! 












        







 




         

8 comments:

  1. It sure does. Time keeps moving along. But every age brings its own happiness.
    My son just turned 42 last week. It is hard to believe. Amazing that he can be that old!! : )

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    1. You're right, Happyone......every age has its perks. My daughter turns 20 next month and I'm trying to digest that. Yikes!

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  2. you never fail to bring a smile (or laugh) to my day joni! i'm like happyone above...my son turned 40 on july 11th...how did that happen? oh well....tomorrow night i'm having dinner with two high school friends to plan our reunion for next year, i won't say how many years but it's more than how old my son is (does that make sense?)

    i love how all the girls look like their moms....all are beautiful women!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Judy! You're so precious! I had a blast at my last high school reunion......2 more years and we'll be having our 30th!!!

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  3. Girl you crack me up!! I can so relate to the glasses thing! Only my son would rather be caught dead that to be sitting across the table from his dad and I. He would prefer that no one knew we where his parents. We are only here on this earth to get him food and pay his bills and his bidding. I just want to be a fly on the wall when he stands in the very shoes we now wear and watch how he relates to the child he brings into this world. Which as you say will be a blink!

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    1. Hahaha.....I love it, Lisa! My daughter grew out of that pretty fast, but now my son is entering the "embarrassment" phase. I can remember not wanting anyone to know I had parents. :)

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  4. Yep, you nailed it! Funny and true. Six beautiful young women! Thanks for a grin this morning!

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    1. Awww.....thanks, Becky! You're sweet :)

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