Last night our 11 year old twins attended their first dance at Austin Elementary to raise money for the PTO. After asking over and over if my twin and I could attend and hearing “no,” we decided to crash the party anyway and find out if they were having a good time or not.As soon as Cindy Daniel and I walked inside- the twins spotted us and asked “what are you guys doing here?” I answered that we just wanted to dance and was told that we were too old and boring to be at the dance. Although this hurt our feelings somewhat- Cindy and I posed with for a few photos and left to visit my niece, Stephaney Mahaney for an hour and a half until the dance ended. When did we become “boring?” I consider myself to be quite fun and outgoing! Game for a good time and adventure as does my saucy sidekick twin sister, Cindy Daniel. We’ve been to fun parks, water parks, the circus and everywhere in between we’ve tried zip lining, go carts, Ferris wheels and skateboards. Trying to stay “hip” isn’t easy but we do the best we can at everything because we will always be “young at heart!” After the dance, we questioned the twins if they missed us after shuffling us out and Maryssa answered honestly “a litrle” with Makenna (independent) saying “no, I had a lot of fun with my friends.” I will never forget the “I’m too old to eat lunch with you at school anymore” announcement given by my so when he went to junior high- heartbreaking stuff that had me crying all the way home with my uneaten lunch. One of those “Mommy Moments” that you carry with you long after the moment has passed. When you take them to kindergarten they throw a fit that you’re leaving but the old “I’m too old” line comes much sooner than you might think and when it does- brace yourself because your feelings are bound to get hurt!
The Little Pawners instructed us this year (at 11) that lunches with Cindy and I are “for little kids, we are big girls now” a few months ago and with so much talk regarding this dance, we decided to twin it on over there and have a little fun.It’s a sad time when the children become independent and you suddenly become boring but, keep it lighthearted and try to hide your feelings because growing up is a part of the journey for your children and grandchildren and, at some point they may just notice you are actually pretty cool and come back around to not being embarrassed that you “talk to loud” or wear “boring clothes” anymore.
Wendy M Wortham