Do you remember what it’s like to be a kid? I do, partly because I kind of still am a kid, but that’s a different blog post for another time. I think a lot of adults have forgotten what it’s like to be a kid. I realized that, today, when I received a call from Mr. Macho, the Self-appointed Constable of the Homeowners Association in the subdivision of our temporary home rental. I answered the phone, and he started on a wild tangent, so I quickly told him that I was about five minutes away and would be there in a few minutes. When I arrived I found Mr. Macho, a thirty-year-old man, bowed up and ready to teach a couple of junior high girls a lesson about respect and HOA rules. If you know anything about young teenagers, you know that they absolutely don’t care. At all. After seeing The Constable berating my daughter for an alleged lack of respect, I could tell by her answers and his body language that it was just a simple case of “not remembering what it was like to be a kid”.
I think we, as parents and adults, easily forget about being kids. They have a need to be free and adventurous, driven by a constant curiosity. They need the leeway to just have fun. It’s how they learn and grow. I could tell that “fun” is something the mighty Constable had not experienced in quite some time. In the middle of him reciting the HOA rules and regulations to me, I stopped him and said “It’s a shame that some of us can’t remember what it’s like being a kid trying to have a good time.” But of course he didn’t miss a beat in his verbatim listing of the HOA rules, which he seemed to have completely memorized. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I did what any rule-following adult would do. I told the kids to “come on” and then helped them sneak into the local country club pool, so they could continue their nefarious swimming party, which had now grown to 20+ kids. So the next time you see kids that may be breaking some stupid rule (unless it’s blatantly disrespectful or harmful), think about when you were a kid and just wanted to have fun. Some of us just need to calm down and live a little.