To be six years old again. What do you remember from when you were six? My memories include being in first grade with Sister Theresa Lampkin at Christ the King Catholic school near Portland, Oregon. Making up dances and playing on dirt hills in my friend Tarah’s backyard. Playing with Barbie’s and Cabbage Patch Kids while listening to Wham! at Katy’s house.
Playing dress-up with Shannon and cooking food with my friend Amy and her mom. Joey was this kid a few years older than me and he always “bugged” me on the bus. And my Aunt Ellie lived down the street. We’d play house under her deck and make mud pies with filberts in them. And of course, that’s right about the time I got my first “tape” and had my first celebrity music crush – Michael Jackson, Thriller (compliments of my very hip and cool Aunt Melanie).
Fast forward to today, I have my own six year old. She’s a first grader in Mrs. Jacob’s class who loves reading and is a great helper. Delaney takes ballet, enjoys being outside and likes to play on our rock pile. Barbie’s and baby dolls reign supreme in our playroom. We have a ton of dress-up clothes and Laney dresses up her little sister Sara almost everyday. She loves to help me make dinner and is an excellent egg-cracker.
The big news of late, she just discovered her first “music crush”…his name is Justin Bieber.
Oh Lord…help us. The Bieb has invaded the Groblebe house. What Michael Jackson and Wham! were to me, Justin Bieber is to Delaney.
We downloaded “Never Say Never” onto my iphone. (While I don’t think all of his songs are six year old appropriate, this one is really fun.) I was the coolest mom ever. We bought a Justin Bieber book at the book fair at school. Again, coolest mom ever. She got invited to a Justin Bieber birthday party complete with dance-off and disco ball.
I found this picture she drew of her and Justin…
You’ll notice, when she writes his name it’s Justin “Bever”. So cute.
Brings back memories.
I told some friends last night, now that I have kids in elementary school, I finally feel like a “real” mom. Now that they are experiencing things that I can remember experiencing as a kid it feels like things are beginning to come full circle. Makes me think about how my mom feels, seeing her “little girls” become moms themselves.
It’s scary sometimes (ok a lot of the time) to have daughters. There are so many things, people, products, etc. out there trying to get control of our little girls. Mindy at The Domestic Executive did a great job a few weeks ago talking about this very subject (including the Bieb) and how we as parents can protect them from the crazy stuff society is throwing at them. If you are a mom or dad of little girls I encourage you to read it.
In a few weeks we leave for our first road trip to Texas since having four kids. (What are we thinking?) I know that Justin Bieber, his music, his book and who knows what else, will be accompanying us on the journey and keeping the kids entertained. He’s definitely no Michael Jackson but that’s ok, because things have come full circle…and my Delaney will be thrilled.