Many moms dream about freezing time to keep their kids young forever. But for the parents of Brooke Greenberg, the woman dubbed a 20-year-old toddler, the dream is more of a nightmare. Their little girl is technically an adult, but you wouldn't know it to look at her.
She's just 16 pounds. She's not even 2 feet tall. And her story is giving moms everywhere a new perspective on watching their kids grow up.
Introduced on Katie Couric's talk show this week, Brooke's parents explained that her body stopped aging 15 years ago. She's plagued by a rare disease that even doctors can't put their finger on:
On the one hand, it sounds like exactly what we want: to keep our kids little so they won't go off and leave us, so we can enjoy them forever. The other day I was sucked into that kind of thinking as I poured through old photos of my daughter. Her chubby cheeks are gone along with her pudgy fingers, and those pictures were like a punch in the gut. It was a visceral reminder that she's growing up, that she's going to leave me one day.
But all it took was one look at Brooke to make me snap out of that self pity. My daughter is growing up because that's what is SUPPOSED to happen, that's the way life is supposed to be.
We all like to think of our kids as "ours," but the fact is, they're not. If anything, we are theirs, and we have the gift of being able to raise them to adulthood. We are LUCKY.
Put yourself in the Greenberg's shoes. Does this make you feel lucky that your kids are growing up?
Image via Katie