Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Time Warp. (Where did she go? I want her back!)

My memory receives an electrical charge at the oddest times.  Today I heard a commercial on the radio about a huge dinosaur exhibit at The Singletary Center for the Arts on UK campus.  The last of it actually caught my attention, a slide show by the renown dinosaur artist from Kentucky (!!!!!) while the Lexington orchestra accompanies.  I immediately wanted to go and mentally crossed my fingers and held my breath waiting for the date!  BINGO!  This Sunday.  Have no plans.

Then I deflated.  Who would want to go with me to an event that most certainly was geared towards children?  Not Joe and his nine year old daughter, B.  That is just not their thing.

I become melancholy for the daughter I use to have.  That little bright eyed eight year old Bridget who had the nerve to grow up and leave me!!!!

Bridget my sidekick for all those years.  I could fill up 1,000 areas of FTP space just telling about what a great kid she was and how accommodating to her slightly eccentric Momma.

She went everywhere with me.  I tried not to expose her to things that were a little too mature or adult oriented for her little mind.  But every so often I would slip up, but I don't think she is the any worse off for it.  For instance, I hauled her to a Rolling Stone concert in Louisville....we sat among a group of Hells Angels type.  They fell in love with "the Kid" and made sure she had a good view.

And when I took her to see Amadaus...when would that have been, 1984?.....the movie may have been above her head, but she cried when "Wolfie" died and has loved classical music ever since.

If I were to come rushing home and excitedly shout out, "Guess what?!!!!!! Dinosaurs with Wolfie music!!!! They are going to be at the UK campus!"  She would have jumped up and down with mirth and anticipation along with me.

Oh I want to go!!!!! Maybe Bridget will come down from Louisville and go with me. 

Damn I miss that child being a kid with me!

13 comments:

sistercdr said...

It sounds like you have such a good relationship.  I hope my daughter and I can stay close.

my78novata said...

OH man the wish I  knew then what i know now. I would have been in no rush for the walking , talking and each nnew step. Mine are 23 and 16 and I miss the I need you mommies. Though thru my ordel with medical issues this last month they sure have taken care of me and been there for me. I wish THey were all dependant on me once again. I want my babies back too. Lori http://beta.journals.aol.com/my78novata/LorisLaurels/

somenuttychic said...

Awwwwwwww. :-) Go anyway!

sonensmilinmon said...

What nerve of our kids to grow up and move on with life!!! I said something like that the other day to my kids.  I tried to remind them they promised when they were little they would stay little forever.  Hpm ... some promise! LOL  

Go - enjoy and hopefully Bridget can join you.  It would be fun.

Smilin Mon

mlraminiak said...

I'm sorry you miss her...  You'll just have to find a friend who is as much a case of arrested development as you are (I meant that in a NICE way...)  I'd go with you if I lived closer than 3000 miles away (give or take...)  Lisa  :-]

wfhbear said...

Maybe it is time you called her up and said, "Let's go see dinosaurs and hear "Wolfie" music. Sometimes sons and daughters need a little kick to the head to remind them of their childhood and the things they loved. Wouldn't it be nice if Bridget would go with you. Hah, send her a copy of this Journal entry. I would expect reading this will bring tears to her eyes. It did to me. Parents are gone to quickly. Just when you get old enough and smart enough to really enjoy being with them, they leave. Regards, Bill.

chefgracegeorge said...

My kids are free Sunday afternoon;)

deabvt said...

Awww, hope you both go!
V

krobbie67 said...

It sounds like you and Bridget have such an incredible relationship. Now, that she's a woman too, I imagine it will only get better! :-) ---Robbie

ondinemonet said...

If only we lived closer to one another! I have constantly been looking for someone to go to see Stuart Little with or swing on the swings at the park...Sometimes I get so tired being a grown up, I just have to revisit my naughty inner child...LOL. It keeps us young :)

dymphna103 said...

I know the feeling as I really miss my youngest being a child.  She was always willing to go with Dad somewhere   john

merelyp said...

I admire y'all who had the courage to take your daughters and sons to your favorite places while they were young.  Didn't have it in me to share my adult (I thought!) life with a child.  Don't regret it, mind you, but so enjoy spending time with my grown-up daughter now.  Besides, her mom (adopted) would have been cheated of a zillion experiences she will "wax nostalgic about" now.  Congratulations on catching Scalzi's eye, Alphawoman!   ~~grandmumsyHaiku

freeepeace said...

Sweet memories.  What a cutie pie of a child.  So... will she come down to go with you Sunday?  Did you ask her?  She just might :)