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Do you want to grow up? I don’t.

The toys came alive at midnight again!

The toys came alive at midnight again!

Do you want to grow up? I don’t.

Wait a minute. What does it actually mean to grow up? Are we talking about getting older or aging, or being more responsible?

Does growing up mean I can’t climb trees anymore? I agree with J.M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan; I don’t want to grow up if I can’t climb trees.

If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!
―     J.M. Barrie

Growing up probably means I should pay my water bill on time. I didn’t. And now I have an extra charge for sixteen dollars and eighty cents. And growing up might mean I brush and floss my teeth without my mother telling me to.

What do you think it means to grow up? 

Did everybody ask you when you were little, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I just asked my husband, “Nick, what does it mean to grow up?”

He said, “I don’t know.”

Apparently, it is a hard question to answer, if even my husband doesn’t know.

I asked a few of my friends what they thought it means to grow up.

Growing up means accepting responsibility for your actions.
Renee Baude – Renee Baude.com


Growing up means forgetting where you put your imagination and wonder, because you are too busy completing important tasks.
Chris Morris – ChrisMorrisWrites.com – Strategies & Encouragement for the climb


Growing up is like becoming a tall tree reaching for heaven. Your branches spread wide to give shelter and shade. Your roots go deep to provide stability. Or you can be a bonsai tree and stay small I guess.
Kathleen Caron – Full of Life- Family, Faith &Food


When you are a grown up dog, you help out around the house by catching mice and eating camel back crickets. But you still get to sleep on somebody’s lap.
Tink Caron- Tink the dog


Do I have to grow up?
Anastacia Maness – Rock Solid Family.com


Growing up means you have to take more naps.
Charlie Toaster Hodges – Charlie The Cat Writes.com


Growing up means you can’t ride the little rides at the mall anymore.
Timber Hodges – TimberHodges.com


 To grow up means I can stay up as late as I want to and eat donuts anytime.
Christa Sterken – Christa Sterken – A candid take on life


I will pay my water bill today. And I will put my toys back on the shelf and wait to see what they do tonight at midnight.

Last night, at midnight, my toys played dress-up with my daughters doll clothes. I heard a funny noise coming from my daughter’s room when I got up in the middle of the night to put the kittens in the laundry room. It was the disco ball.

The toys were all dressed  when I walked in. It looks like I came in right as they were about to start dancing. The baby doll looked so surprised to see the animals come alive. But, then she always looks like that.

I think Willow, the cheetah, wants to be a super-hero when she grows up, or maybe she just wants to be, “Spidercheetah.”

Willow wants to be "Spidercheetah" when she grows up.

Willow is Spidercheetah!

If growing up means my toys have to stay toys and not come alive at midnight, then I don’t want to grow up.

What do you think it means to grow up? Please tell me in the comments. I really want to know what you think, because I am not sure if I am grown up yet.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • The people I grew up around, always talked as if growing up meant parking your youthful dreams and walking away from them so you could do adult things — like work your fingers to the bone, make boredom a steady companion because it’s safe and it pays better, get old, and then die.

    I still don’t buy it.

    I think growing up is about making your own choices (whether conventional wisdom approves or not), and then accepting the consequences, good or bad, without self-aggrandizement or complaint.

    I aint there yet!

  • Teresa Richardson

    Growing up means you forget you can fly, play, dream, and dance

  • Growing up means you don’t have to be in before supper time or before it gets dark.

  • Christa Sterken

    What a fun idea to ponder further! BTW, I am so jealous. I have wanted a disco ball forever…my family must think I am joking 😉

  • La McCoy

    Dear Mama Hodges,
    Growing up means becoming a fine, handsome doggie. I take my responsibility seriously. I still take naps, do yoga, play ball, and I am always ready to party.
    Love, Edelweiss