I Couldn’t Wait To Shave My Legs….

and now I hate it…


these are not my legs, but they are nicely shaved…

I couldn’t wait to shave my legs when I was a kid. I thought this meant I was a grownup and I so wanted to do it. But then the first time I did it, I almost died from the blood loss..still have the scar. I really never loved doing it after that first time, and now I don’t want to do it at all. While I was shaving my legs in the shower the other day it started me thinking about other things I couldn’t wait to do and now really don’t like doing or don’t even do anymore. Isn’t it weird the things you most wanted in life aren’t really important now or you just do them because you have to.

Here are some things I really couldn’t wait to do when I was a kid….

I couldn’t wait to drive… OMG, I was so anxious to get my permit and drive and now I honestly would like to have a driver. There is so much more traffic on the roads these days and some very angry drivers on them. It makes me not want to drive at all. Actually I do have one, a lot of the time my dear, sweet daughter does the driving. It’s not because she is sweet, it’s because she doesn’t like my driving.

I couldn’t wait to wear a bra… All the popular girls were wearing one and I wasn’t yet. So every night when I went to bed I said a little prayer that I would soon get to wear one as well. And we all know how this one goes. Do they really have to make them so uncomfortable? Why in this day and age hasn’t someone come up with a bra that is so awesome that you don’t even know you are wearing one??? I think bras are manufactured by men who enjoy sitting back and smiling at the pain they cause us on a daily basis.

I couldn’t wait to grow up… I literally said this to my parents almost every day… “I can’t wait until I grow up and can make my own decisions.” I would give anything to have them making decisions for me right about now. Or really anyone.. I am so tired of making decisions…does it ever stop?

I couldn’t wait to get married… Yeah, cause that worked out so well…either one of the two times. Not ever happening again!

“A grownup is a child with layers on.” ~ Woody Harrelson

I couldn’t wait to get a job… I just wanted a job so I could make my own money and  buy whatever I wanted. Again making my own decisions about what I did with the money I made. I really didn’t want the whole “work” thing that went along with it. Now at this point in my life, I would like to find a job doing something I love doing… just for the enjoyment of it. But it would also be great if someone would pay my bills for me, so I didn’t need to use the money I earned for that. This whole “adulting thing” isn’t working so well…

I couldn’t wait to wear nylons and high heels… Again, everyone was wearing them and I couldn’t wait to wear them too! We had those god awful contraptions we had to wear with them to keep them up. Then came panty hose, which weren’t a whole lot better. I really did love high heels and wore the 4 inch high ones every day. Oh the damage we did to our poor little feet. I was so glad when I finally had a job where I didn’t have to wear either of them ever again. Note: The heels really did make us look taller and so the fat didn’t show as much…LOL!

I could’t wait to get my period… Ok, I know this one sounds weird, but again…all my girl friends had their period and so I wanted to have mine too. It is hard to be different and I wanted to know first hand what the fuss was all about. That lasted all of about a minute of actually getting my period. Then it was all about how long do I have to go through this every month…

I couldn’t wait to have my own place… I was so excited when my husband and I got our first apartment and actually be able to do whatever we wanted in it, whenever we wanted.  And then when I got my first house, all on my own. Nothing like it! Home ownership is a wonderful thing. Although, there is a lot you don’t think of when you are thinking how much you want one. Like, paying ALL the bills, things breaking down, things falling apart, appliances not working, roofs that need fixing, water in the basement…and on and on. It would be great to just have a place and have everything taken care of…like when you buy the house it comes with a 100 year warranty and someone who fixes everything that goes wrong. That would actually be awesome and a great idea!!!

I think that’s all the things I couldn’t wait to have. I know I really wanted to have a family of my own. I have that and am so blessed. I would love to have the family I had when I was a kid and wishing I could make my own decisions once again. You really don’t realize what you have till it’s gone. And please someone tell me where is that “never, never land” where Peter Pan lived. The place where you never grow up…

What couldn’t you wait to do when you were a kid? Do you still love it now?

“That’s the trouble with the world, too many people grow up.” ~ Walt Disney



28 thoughts on “I Couldn’t Wait To Shave My Legs….

  1. I can so relate, Renee (and wrote a post about it a few weeks ago!). Like you, I couldn’t wait to shave my legs or wear a bra (before I had anything to put in a bra). So many of our “I can’t wait untils” sure turn out differently from how we envision them, don’t they? A classic example of “Be careful what you wish for!”

    1. They sure do Roxanne…I must have missed that post, at least I don’t remember it, but I dont remember much these days……and you are right, we do need to be careful what we wish for…

  2. Ugh. Adulting. All of the above. I will add one, incidentally the only one that had no regrets tacked on behind. My biggest wish was to have my name on the spine of a book! 😉

  3. I totally relate to most of these…………I couldn’t wait to shave my legs (hate shaving – eventually did laser), wear a bra (it was padded as I really didn’t need one, but all of my friends already had one), get my period (then I hated it!), and have my own place (not I want to scale down and have less to take care of). I was excited about getting married and being a Mom…………that one did not disappoint me. It is the best thing I ever did.

    1. Glad the getting married thing worked for you Ellen…I wanted mine to work, both times I married him..

  4. I remember being so excited about shaving my legs. My friend and I snuck and did it at her house. I had cuts all over my legs. Now, I absolutely HATE to shave my legs…among other things lol!

  5. I am nodding reading your post!I will add I couldn’t wait to go to the beauty parlor to have my hair straightened.My parents were against it so I had to use my babysitting money to pay for this luxury (torture!

  6. These are classic and so many of them rang true for me too – especially the bra (could.not.wait. for one and now hate them to death) same with my period – it will NOT go away now! Same with driving – and parking at shopping centres – I breathe a sigh of relief every time I escape without someone opening their door into my car or trying to reverse into me!

  7. Obviously, Renee, some of these items I never actually waited for. I did want to drive and get a job because on Friday nights gas dropped to 20 cents a gallon. Two dollars could get you pretty far. I could not wait to move out of my hometown and see what was beyond the horizon. All of the men in my family for four generations moved to a different state than their folks and I did not want to break that string. Luckily, a job was open here in York and this is where I landed. As for shaving, I could not wait until I could shave my beard. I did have a mustache for 43 years but that has since become a relic of the past. I guess that a jock strap will have to be equivalent to a bra. Thanks for the post.

  8. YES…….I agree with almost every single one!!! I can still see the little pieces of toilet paper sticking to my legs to stop the blood flow after a wicked shave. Funny thoughts, Renee. Thanks

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