I’ve probably said it a thousand times, “These kids have got to stop growing!” You don’t realize how much your own kids have changed because you see them every day. But you notice when other people’s kids are growing. We went back to Minnesota for Christmas this year. We haven’t been home in a year and a half. Aside from the shock of the temperature difference between Costa Rica and Minnesota, I was totally shocked at how big all my nieces and nephews had grown in 18 months. Everyone came to the airport to greet us. When we walked through the security doors all these tall, gangly teenagers came running down the hall at us!
It reminded me of when I take my dog to the groomers. I always tell them to cut Nacho’s hair very short because shih-tzus are long haired dogs. It buys me time between visits to the “Peluqueria”. Every time they bring out my freshly shorn pup I don’t recognize him. But he seems really happy to see me, so this must be my dog. I take him home and in a few days I again recognize my own dog. The change is just so shocking at first!
Well it was the same with my nieces and nephews. I didn’t recognize these kids. But they seemed really happy to see me, so they must be my family. In a few days it wasn’t so weird that most of them are taller than me now. And I was once again recognizing my own family members. The change was just so shocking at first. I told them all to quit growing so I don’t have to go through this again when we come back next time. I doubt they’ll listen to me.