"I don't want to grow up because if I did, I wouldn't be a Toys 'R' Us Kid
I saw this picture recently on social media and surprisingly it made me reflect….
Not just on the closing of an Iconic store –that during my childhood made my spirit leap with joy.
My favorite area was the Barbie aisle the colors would illuminate the row pink and
I was in Barbie Heaven!
I could do and be anything!
…and I didn't just reflect on how I when I was pregnant, I walked the aisle picking out a stroller , car seat and high chair etc- thinking one day – my baby would come here with me
…and I didn't just reflect on the memory of when I introduced my child to Toys 'R' US for the first time and saw her eyes light up at the unlimited possibilities of
a WHOLE BIG WIDE STORE of TOYS!
I did truly reflect on the fact that it is a reminder that life will always be a series of goodbyes. That nothing last forever. That change is constant and we are constantly evolving to another level and we should STOP and enjoy the moment we are in. As the saying goes, sometimes you never know what you have until its gone.
My daughter recently was promoted from Kindergarten and said Goodbye to her teacher and friends and she cried.
She says she will miss her teacher , friends, doing work, playing on the playground and the "Kindergarten life"–her words not mine :) We reminded her, this does not mean the end of school, you will go back in August; and all was right with her world 🙂
…and I realized this just the beginning of always saying goodbye
Goodbye to moments, and things that were constant in our lives
Goodbye to seasons in our lives-we thought would last forerver,
Goodbye to our jobs and careers- because situations and people change
Goodbye to friends who we have lost touch with -due to circumstances or life
Goodbye to family – because, unfortunately those we love cannot live here on Earth forever
Goodbye to things we know and thought would be forever.
Is it sad?
Yes! We are human and it hurts
But is it necessary?
Its necessary to let go and 'Trust the Process' because without change there will be no growth. We also have to learn to cherish each moment without rushing to the next–because just like a snap of your fingers- it can disappear.
True,we can cherish the memories forever. However, it is important to savor ,embrace , fully be in the moment of where you are in life at that moment.
If that's you taking your child to Kindergarten for the 1st time- enjoy that sweet innocent time-its hard , its challenging, but make that time AMAZING.
We celebrated my daughter's 1st day of Kindergarten with lunch and invited the grandparents. I took pictures. She may not remember this in few years, but I will always remember her face as we exclaimed how proud we were of her and going to school for the first time. I'll remember this season as the time I embraced the 'Art of Letting Go'
As emotional as her last day of Kindergarten was for my daughter and I'll admit-me and her dad- We embraced the moment- took a ton of pictures and took her to dinner to celebrate all that she had learned and acknowledged her transition.
You may be facing a career change or starting a new position- embrace it. Try not to yearn for the days gone by – enjoy the moment you are in- learn what the situation is teaching you and wrap yourself around that experience.
If this is you , with your 1st baby or 10th-embrace this time- you will never be pregnant with this child again. Take a moment to just savor that you are creating a "WHOLE HUMAN BEING"! Find the joy in the season you are in.
Goodbyes are a part of life , a part of our daily existence.
Take the moment you are in a make the Goodbyes count . Each moment in time is meant for you to learn from, experience, love , embrace, acknowledge; and then say goodbye too.
Just like Geoffrey
I don't want to grow up because if I did I wouldn't be a Toys R Us Kid
all the children have grown up-there's no more Toys 'R' Us Kids
So be like 'Geoffrey' with his little suitcase leaving behind a global brand, a life, passion, our history…
Embrace the change , Embrace the moment, Find the joy and say Goodbye!
I want to hear from you- tell me about your recent goodbyes- What have you learned? What are you embracing? Comment below…
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6 thoughts on “I don’t want to grow up, because if I did…I wouldn’t be a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid”
I am sad by this too, my favorite isle was the stuffed animals and dolls! We took the kids before they closed and let them play like we did, oh man did they enjoy themselves. I’m sad to see an iconic store chain close it’s doors!
Me too! It was such a great place. We also did the same. Took our daughter to say goodbye and take a couple of pics!
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Omg, I almost cried! I saw the Toys R Us post too and didn’t think anything of it until reading this. Now I’m really sad to not see my kids faces the first time they go there 😦 But you’re spot on about embracing the moments and letting them go. We have to hold our babies so tight while we still can! I swear every day goes by faster and faster after having kids. This is really a great post, thank you!
Awe, sweet lady! I just love your words! Thank you for writing this. It really helped me today. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Mostly because I think I’m upset with all of the changes that are happening around me and I just want it to stay the same because that’s what’s comfortable. Change IS uncomfortable and sometimes unfair. But, you’re right. It is necessary.
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Hello Chandra, this is so true. Things change so fast and so often! It’s not always fun,comfortable but necessary even when we don’t like it. I’m learning to appreciate the little moments more- trust me-it’s a process -but I’m learning. Here’s to you hoping that your changes being amazing results and future for you. Thank you for posting!!!
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What a way to remember childhood haha. I remember looking at the toys r us books and circling everything i was putting on my Christmas list. I remember running thought those stores thinking it was the coolest thing ever
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