Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Never Grow Up



I found this photo today while looking for photos for the new blog header. I don't think I have ever shared it on the blog, but it's one of my favorites because to me, it's the essence of childhood. Of my boys' childhood, anyway. Gabe's missing teeth and messy hair. Cooper's determined stance as he aims his toy gun. That's the memories I'll have. We live on an acerage and our boys spend endless hours exploring the outdoors, putting their imaginations to use. On this particular day, they were cowboys. Gabe and Cooper are the best of friends, and I pray it always stays that way.


As I was thinking about childhood, I was reminded of a song. I think this may be the only time I'll ever quote a country song, because it's no secret that I am not fond of country music. But I really could listen to this song over and over again. And cry about this song over and over again. And be inspired to make the most of the time that they are little, because it's all too short.

Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift
Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter 'cause you're dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light

To you, everything's funny
You got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

I won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
No, no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up

You're in the car on the way to the movies
And you're mortified your mom's dropping you off
At 14, there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots

But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she's getting older, too
And don't lose the way that you dance around
In your PJs getting ready for school

Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

No one's ever burned you
Nothing's ever left you scarred
And even though you want to
Just try to never grow up

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all your little brother's favorite songs

I just realized everything I have
Is someday gonna be gone

So here I am in my new apartment
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It's so much colder than I thought it would be
So I tuck myself in and turn my night light on

Wish I'd never grown up
I wish I'd never grown up

Oh, I don't wanna grow up, wish I'd never grown up
Could still be little
Oh, I don't wanna grow up, wish I'd never grown up
It could still be simple

Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

Won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
And even through to you want to
Please try to never grow up

Don't you ever grow up
(Never grow up)
Just never grow up

8 comments:

Shawna&Co. said...

What a funny picture! How different our house with two girls is from yours :)

While reading my eye was drawn to the name "Taylor Swift" and I knew I have to write a comment and tease you about listening to country music, then I went back and read the paragraph above it and you beat me to it. HA!

You know I'm right with you on the bittersweet feelings of watching our babies grow. Good thing we have so many photos to document their little loves, right? :)

Football and Fried Rice said...

Loving Taylor is always okay :)

Love Letters To China said...

I can see why you love that photo. Your boys look so carefree in it. Also love the sun flare.

I must say I have succumbed to country music. I NEVER thought I would ever say those words. I used to hate it. Taylor Swift is a big hit in our home. My two kids know all the words and are always requesting it in the car. :-)

Kim Yamaguchi said...

I love those types of photos!!

I really like the new blog header too!

Jodee said...

Cute pictures of your cowboys!

Love Taylor Swift and country music, in general!

Ellie said...

Great photo! yep - the essence of boyhood :)

I have an almost 15 year old and I think it is harder on me than when they turned 1,2,3,4,5 . . . I so wish I could stop that clock!

I'm excited to see the photos of Chloe and her look alike doll - that is so exciting! You will be a wonderful model too - you are both just gorgeous!

xo ellie

Tina Fisher said...

Great photos Angie! How cute your kids are! I love love love the new header!

God Bless,

Tina

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh I love that poem and those pictures. My son grant turned 2 last week and I was not happy but sad. I don't want him to grow up either!
Thanks for your sweet comment on Belleicious Kids last night. the popovers are wonderful for kids and I know what you mean about finding time however, I think you have me beat with 4 kids! Wow!