Today I asked the kids what they want to be when they grow up.
This is my finest parchment paper, my favorite pen. It is mine but it is theirs.
I seal their answers here, fold them carefully and tuck them into a porcelain memory box, my snapshot of now.
Ashlyn turned in my general direction to say, “what Mom?” managing to roll her eyes and turn her head, headphones still balanced mid ear, iPod humming.
Sawyer wants to be a monkey and asked for the Monkey Song so incessantly I had to pause all questioning to turn it on.
Parker will be a helicopter, of course.
And McKenna wants to wear my wedding dress while she drives a black mini-van.
I’m living the life dreams are made of.
Folded, tucked away.
After I find a way to reach the gas pedal under all this tulle I will be over at Truthful Mommy’s place sharing a truth I have learned about motherhood.
And, with an apron on to protect my beading and satin, I made an easy Father’s Day craft over at SheKnows that I would love for you to try.
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Please please post pictures of McKenna wearing your wedding dress while she drives a black mini-van (if that ever happens :-)). Fletcher & Alyssa have been stuck on being a baseball player and a cereal maker for the past year. . .Going to check out your Father’s Day craft now. Take care.
A cereal maker? That’s the first I’ve ever heard of that one. Although I don’t know anyone else who has dreams of driving a minivan in a wedding dress either.
Natalie @MamaTrack says
Such precious memories. I’m glad you are storing them here. I know they’ll love to read all of them down the road.
Galit Breen says
Lovely, beautiful words (and love), you.
What sweet kids you have. I loved reading all of their answers. Xoxo
Funny and wonderful responses. I wonder what Lucas will say when I ask him. I kind of shutter at the thought…. 🙂
Robin | Farewell Stranger says
Big dreams. I hope they all come true. 🙂
Adorable… love the wedding dress idea 🙂 Your kids sound amazing… and you as their mum must be such an inspiration to them :)) xoxo
Darcie-such the spot says
Such a beautiful depiction of life in motion.
Oh I love it. I will love to see how their answers change through time.
I will go home and ask mine. Last I did Ben said he wanted to be a daddy. Quite simply that was all that he wanted to be. I feel Bella with her little realization of the question will likely respond with Minnie. Because lately she is all about Minnie.
They are so sweet! I’ve always wondered about the imagination and fascinating fantasy of the children. Wearing a wedding dress while driving a black van? A helicopter? Sounds a little bit trippy:)
BalancingMama (Julie) says
That is adorable! I’m going to ask my daughter this question today.
dumb mom says
My oldest is asking to go to sleep away camp. My middle is going through a, um, phase. And, #3 spends all day in a luchador wrestling match pretending to be a caped mercenary who gets into melees with 17th century ominous villains (this is a direct quote from when I asked him what he was doing). Life is so different and so much more awesome than I ever imagined it would be.
Let them dream for everything they want..I know when they grow old it will actually change. Your children are all beautiful, they are lucky to have a mom like you.
Love the photos!
It does sound like you are doing things right, having the vet check the dog for blockages and such.
julie gardner says
Oh, those sweet dreams.
(Yours, I mean. They think it’s all true.)
Love it. So much.
Today they got married. To each other. The helicopter, the monkey and the minivan driving bride. This is serious business to them :).
Corey Feldman says
I’m still trying to figure that one out. OK maybe not, but what I want isn’t realistic.
One of these days I want to sit at a beach house and write a best selling novel. That’s all. 🙂
Corey Feldman says
That used to be my dream word for word but I gave up on it. But now,again, I have the same dream only they are children’s stories.
Aw! This is so sweet. Going to read your piece at Truthful Mommy now…
Thanks so much Jessica.
Lovely! I hope they all become their dreams. Though Monkey and Helicopter are a little tough 🙂
It’s those magic moments of being a child. Love.
Now that is an idea I can use for my wedding dress….
This was beautiful. It read like poetry!
Seriously, who doesn’t want to wear their Mother’s wedding dress and drive a black mini-van? Sadly, mine is green and my Mom is only 5’1″. It’s not happening for me.
Francine Park says
Thanks for sharing what your kids really want when they grow up. I enjoy reading this one.
Awwww 🙂 xoxoxo