In Others’ Words: when I was a child …
When I was I child … somedays all I wanted to be was grown up.
And now, when older is, well, at least a bit wiser, I would go back and tell younger-me to slow down. Don’t be in such a hurry to lay claim to adulthood — because once you’re all grown up, there’s no going back.
As a matter of fact, I would encourage younger-me not to ever be all grown up. “Tuck a bit of childhood into your heart,” I’d insist. “And bring it with you.”
And now that I think about it, yes, I’m older, but I haven’t forgotten how to be a child.
- I still stay up too late to read a good book — even though I know I need my sleep
- I still savor the perfect mix of a root beer float and a classic movie ( Bringing Up Baby, anyone?)
- I still run down to the beach — and then run away from the advancing waves, laughing all along (And I’m already looking forward to doing this in Destin, FL next month.)
- I still wish upon stars … even though I believe in prayer
In Your Words: How have you managed to maintain some childlike fun and wonder in your life as you’ve grown up?
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