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By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Friday, August 6, 2010

Adult children are hella cool

Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

Kevin and Sherry, ages 3 and 6.

Last week, my baby turned 21. I guess I can no longer blame weight gain on the fact that I had two babies. Next week, my oldest is marrying the man of her dreams, expanding our family. I am happy that I spent the last 24 years of my life raising children and that I contributed significantly to the final products - two wonderful, productive adults.

I actually enjoy having adult children. Please do not get me wrong; I treasured both from birth. But these days, things are much easier ... and relaxing.

Having adult children is hella cool. They are now some of my best friends. Laughter at our house is abundant. They are so fun to hang out with.

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my son. I told him the hardest part of being a parent is having to act horrified at times, when I really just wanted to bust out laughing at misbehavior. I remembered having to scold him for something he did when he was only 3. I sternly asked him, "Are you a little boy or a dog?" It was so hard to be stern, because I wanted to laugh. But, laughter can sometimes encourage the little offender to re-offend, which isn't funny. So, while it was tough, I had to wear a mean face sometimes.

The list of what adult children can do for me is endless. Adult children can do my grocery shopping, and even purchase alcoholic beverages. Adult children can clean the house better than me. Adult children can repair my vehicle. Adult children can shovel snow. I love it.

Please treasure your children when they are young, knowing that if you treat them right, they will return the favor for years to come. Life is too short to do anything else.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 7, 2010
Article comment by: Max Mercier

This article about adult children is "hella cool" too !... You are the queen to find the right words at the right time, you know. You make us smile ("us" is my 14 yo daughter and me : we are looking at the sea under the fresh shadow of a tree near Cannes with our little PC on our knees) when you say that they can shovel snow. Funny and true ideas, Lynda !
Max from Southern France

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