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Saw my angels yesterday, it was so lovely. The little one is talking up a storm, she'll be 2 in October and is already a jabberbox. "Hi Gampa!" :) Went out to lunch with my son, and despite the ususal chocolate milk down the front of the shirt and into the shoes, plus a trip to the potty, it was just so nice to be with these little people.

Children are bold, inquisitive, fearless, hopeful, joyful, forgiving, resilient, tough, persistent, believing, trusting, cheerful, loving, affectionate, curious, brave, hungry for knowledge, innocent... and by the time we hit adulthood, most of us have been squashed into societal boxes by a system which rewards none of the above traits.

As we grow up, people tell us we should "act our age". My inclination is to tell them that growing old is mandatory, but that growing up is optional. The Savior admonished all to become as a little child - not childish, but child-like - and I feel that these were the traits he was referring to, among many others.

I share with you here something that's easily found on the net, and which I first discovered in 1999 - but it's spot on. Spot on.

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I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.

I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a 5 year old again. I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples in a pond with rocks.

I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to lie under a big oak tree and watch the ants march up its trunk. I want to run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.

I want to think a quarter is worth more than a dollar bill cause it's prettier and weighs more. I want to go fishing and care more about catching the minnows along the shore than the big bass in the lake.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes. When I didn't know what I know now. When all I knew was to be happy because I was blissfully unaware of all the things that should make me worried.

I want to think the world is fair. I want to think that everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and the loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, dreams, the imagination, Santa, the Tooth Fairy, a kiss that makes a boo boo go away, making angels in the snow and that my dad and Superman are the strongest people in the world.

So.....here's my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and the bills too, my 401K statements, my stocks & bonds, my collections, my insurance premiums, my job, my house and
mortgage, my e mail address, pager, cell phone, computer, and watch. I am officially resigning from adulthood.

And if you want to discuss this with me further, you'll have to catch me first, cause...

"Tag!"... "You're it!"


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alaskawolf
Aug. 25th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
it would be great to be a kid again :)
ccdesan
Aug. 25th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm still working on it... XP

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