Friday, July 25, 2008

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek



Back when I was young and mostly sane, I acquired one of these:


It was cute. It was cuddly. It smiled all the time. Everyone enjoyed having it around. Creatures with a high estrogen content loved holding it.

I would take it everywhere with me, like the perfect accessory that it seemed to be. While I had never really, truly believed I'd be fortunate enough to receive one of these, suddenly I couldn't imagine my life without it.

Almost a decade went by, and it seemed my taste in accessories was changing. I no longer was interested in toting around something that, in hindsight, was so incredibly high maintenance. No, my tastes were turning more towards a more independent version of what I once had. I wanted something that could both take care of itself on the minor things, but still needed me for the major things. So, I traded up and got myself one of these:


This model really could do so many things on its own that it now made my life a touch more convenient. No longer did I have to cart around accessories for my accessory. I was able to worry less about being solely responsible for its outward appearance, as the newer version had come equipped with at least a rudimentary sense of style and ability to coordinate itself.

What I didn't realize, either because I failed to read ahead in the owner's manual or because I conveniently skipped that chapter, was that the version I thought was so much newer would, in fact, require another upgrade. I wanted to be able to be constantly on the go. I wanted the ability to throw this accessory into situations where it would need to be able to run faster than anyone else's similar accessory. I wanted something that would constantly assert its independence and flaunt its awesomeness, seemingly always attracting the attention of others who would covet this for their own, knowing that what I was really looking at were potential candidates to take over the care and upkeep of this accessory when it became too mature for me to drag around with me everywhere I went. It took almost another decade to see just what my new lifestyle would require, but once I did, this is what I got:


Had I known in advance, all those many years ago, just what having a child would mean in the long term...... well, sometimes I wonder if I still would have done it. Would I still have set myself up for the frustration of watching girls throw themselves at my son, happy with whatever attention he deigns to give them? Would I have set myself up for the heartache that is sure to come in what I'm convinced will be a very short three years when he takes off on his own for the first time?



Yeah. I'm pretty sure I would have.




12 comments:

shutter happy jenn said...

Well, I guess that's what parenthood is all about -- a mix of good and bad; happiness and sadness -- but in the end it's all worth it.

I am new at PSF and my entry can be read HERE. Please stop by if you have some time. Happy weekends!

Alexandria said...

omg I love it. You entire post. It's fantastic and funny and so utterly true about children.

Stella said...

What a great post! And great pictures, to boot!

Love it!

Rockin Austin said...

I love it! He's such a good kid to boot...did you have to special order that?

April said...

Great post! Your son is a looker! :-)

Autumn said...

I know how you feel! Mine is still closer to the 1st upgrade, but I don't know how the heck that happened!

I don't know if I'm prepared for the next upgrade....sigh....

Crazymamaof6 said...

great Photo story. time flies huh?
OY i'm scared already. good luck!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Love the approach to this subject of growing up. great pictures of your young man. My oldest is nearly 14 and yeah I's do it all over again, too. ... oh yeah I'm still going through the growing up stages! :)

Susie said...

What a fantastic PSF! I love it! Every part. That was a sweet tribute to a beautiful child. You are one lucky momma and he is one lucky kiddo. I hope the next three years go somewhat slow for you.
You guys are soo cool! Has Football Camp started yet?

Jennifer said...

What a great post, I felt like laughing and crying - he's a very handsome boy -

Cecily R said...

Ahhhhh, Sports. He is a charmer. Every model of him.

You are so stinkin' clever. It must be why we are friends. I need some cleverness in my life that doesn't involve Gracie and glue and glitter. :)

Burgh Baby said...

I'm so glad you came over to the dark side and started posting photos. He's a looker and always has been!