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Mom, You’re White As A Sheep

Mom, You’re White As A Sheep

Kids Say The Sweetest Things…

My son says the funniest things. Last weekend I was painting the bathroom and T came in and announced with sincere concern in his tone,

“Mom, you’re white as a sheep. You need to take a break.”

I should have corrected him. I was able to correct him a few weeks ago when I asked him to grab my shoes and he said,

“Which ones? The ones with the stem’s on them?”

“Heels…” I managed to explain through bursts of laughter. “Those are heels, Baby.”

But this time, when I found myself standing there white as a sheep, roller in hand, I could not bring myself to say,
“Sheet, Sweetheart. It’s white as a sheet.”

You see, he is about to turn eleven and I am fully aware that these adorable things he says, are fewer and farther between and I want to keep them. I am a selfish Mom obviously, in this instance anyway. I so desperately want to keep him, my little boy. He called geese, geeks for years before I finally told him. But I understand I am also his teacher and he looks to me for correction. My head knows that but my heart wants to hear him call me, “white as a sheep,” just one more time. He’s growing up faster than I can stand. I almost had a heart attack last week when we went to try on new shoes. I was in shock when we went in there in size three Converse and the size four sneakers I was desperately trying to squeeze his feet into would not fit.  I went into immediate denial. How could he skip a size? I need time to adjust. When he went into size 10/12 clothing I mourned for a week. Okay, about two weeks… Anyway, when at last I accepted defeat and watched his sweet little stocking feet fit perfectly in size five I had to take a minute. I had to remember to breathe. There he stood, ten feet tall and bulletproof in his size five shoes, absolutely thrilled with this growth spurt and I was picturing myself stacking books on his head in hopes it may slow down the growth.

The thing is this, I love the young man he is becoming. I am so excited to watch the changes in him that prove he is a great guy, a kind soul, a wise young man that one day, way sooner than I would like, will be a man that everyone is lucky to know. I am so proud of him and I wouldn’t shrink him even if I could. Well, I might but I would feel guilty about it and miss the young man I have now. I think what is happening is that I am realizing how fast this has happened. In my mind, he was just a baby. It feels like no time has passed since I first held him, since his first step, his first word, his first day of school and now he is about to be eleven. ELEVEN!!!! Deep breathes.

Speak to me Mommas!  Ease my mind. Help me handle this better than I am. Make me tell him, “It is white as a sheet, Sweet Boy.”  If I don’t get some good advice, I am not telling him. I seriously am not. I’ll have to be a BAAA d Mom. LOL

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11 thoughts on “Mom, You’re White As A Sheep

  1. I don’t blame you for wanting to hear him say “white as a sheep” for as long as possible. Those are the things that we will always treasure and he will have the rest of his days to say it the “right” way. But for mom, that IS the right way. I’m the same way with my daughter, albeit she is three, so I’m not in the same boat as you yet and facing teenage-hood. My five year old will correct her, but in my heart I’m like, NO!!!! Don’t correct her.

    Relish it and take it all in. I’ve been feeling the same as you – how do we let go? But then you realize that ever since we became mom, we have been preparing for the moments of letting go. They get here quick enough on their own.

    Great post!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley! It is such a relief to not feel alone and to hear that I don’t have to correct him. I always go through something like this before every birthday and his is coming right up. You said, every since we became Mom, we have been preparing to let go… You’re so right. Thank you! Blessings to you and your family!

  2. Oh I just love this so very much!!!!!! He is absolutely precious, and I love the wrong things they say! I completely understand not wanting to correct that cuteness. It’s bitter sweet this growing thing they insist on doing!

    1. #threeboysandamom – Bitter Sweet, indeed. It’s so much harder than I ever imagined. It’s also so much more rewarding than anything else. My Mom always told me that once I had a child it would be like having my heart walk around outside of my body. As usual, she was right! I’ve decided to keep this last one (white as a sheep)- at least for awhile. I just can’t. I know I will have to one day soon but for now, I’m keeping it. Be blessed and thank you so much for understanding and taking the time to comment.

  3. This is so sweet. It is so hard to let them grow some days isn’t it?

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    1. Thank you, Jill. There doesn’t seem to be anything harder. Thank you for having me. I will be back to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop for sure. Be blessed!

  4. Thanks to writing down these lovely memories they’ll always be yours, you will never forget them 🙂 Don’t correct him, it’s not that ridiculous that they’ll laugh at him so you can keep that sheep with you for a little longer!

    1. Thanks so much Lily Lau! I haven’t been able to tell him yet! After all, sheep are white too! LOL Thanks so much for your comment and I hope you will come back and visit us again soon! Be blessed!

  5. My girlfriend is 31 years old and said the exact same thing but as she is old enough to understand and is grown herself I took great pleasure in correcting her. This is what happens when you don’t get corrected when you are younger you end up 31 still thinking you are saying the correct phrase!

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