Never Grow Up

Sweet little girl, when did you get so big? I remember when you asked for a t-shirt nightgown with mom and dad’s picture.  Your love for unicorns, rainbows, and the mystery moon motivates me to stay young of mind and enjoy the beauty of God’s world.  I wish I could capture ValentinaSleepingthis time.  You bring joy in the midst of cynicism and chaos.  You embrace life and believe in the impossible. You still think mom and dad are pretty cool, and you adore your older sisters.  You are not ashamed to sing loud for Jesus, and share His love with others.  Sweet little girl, your laughter fills our hearts and your compassion for others is so tender. You care deeply for those who are hurting and want to help them.  I want to protect you from anyone or anything that would rob you of your innocence.  Keep you safe.     I love you sweet girl…….  Don’t you ever grow up….[Video]

“Never Grow Up”

Your little hand’s wrapped around my finger
And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you’re dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
To you everything’s funny, you got nothing to regret
I’d give all I have, honey
If you could stay like thatOh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
I won’t let nobody hurt you, won’t let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow upYou’re in the car on the way to the movies
And you’re mortified your mom’s dropping you off
At 14 there’s just so much you can’t do
And you can’t wait to move out someday and call your own shots
But don’t make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she’s getting older too
And don’t lose the way that you dance around in your pj’s getting ready for schoolOh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
No one’s ever burned you, nothing’s ever left you scarred
And even though you want to, just try to never grow upTake pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all your little brother’s favorite songs
I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be goneSo here I am in my new apartment
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It’s so much colder that I thought it would be
So I tuck myself in and turn my night light onWish I’d never grown up
I wish I’d never grown up

Oh I don’t wanna grow up, wish I’d never grown up
I could still be little
Oh I don’t wanna grow up, wish I’d never grown up
It could still be simple
Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
Won’t let nobody hurt you
Won’t let no one break your heart
And even though you want to, please try to never grow up
Oh, don’t you ever grow up
Oh, never grow up, just never grow up

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