I Want to Grow Up, but Not Yet

 

Question:

I’m seventeen years old and sometimes worry about growing up. There was some crazy stuff that went on at home and my father hurt me and my family in a lot of ways, and I feel like being an adult will keep me from being worth loving and protecting. Am I still a child? Am I still growing up? I do want to grow up, but not yet.

Phyllis replied:

 

This is so interesting, because Alice feels the same way in the book I’m writing now.  There’s a certain amount of mourning that goes on when we leave one stage of life and go into another, no matter how much we’ve looked forward to it.   You are both a child and an adult.  I remember a minister saying to a couple he was marrying, “Remember that in every man, there is a little boy, and in every woman, a little girl.”   There will always be things you miss, but new opportunities and privileges as well.  Don’t be afraid to be loved as a woman.  You don’t have to stay a child to be loved and cherished.

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