G is for Growing Up

For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Age 3:  Man, they switched my seat to forward facing – Watch out world, I’m growing up!

Age 5: School? They’ll teach me how to be a grown-up – after snack and a nap.

Age 7: I’m allowed to sleep over at a friend’s house – away from home? Growing up in great!

Age 9: I heard that a sign of becoming a grown up is knowing everything – which I do. Operation grow-up is moving along nicely.

Age 11: My parents allow me to watch PG-13 movies – so you could say I’m pretty grown up for my age, one might suggest I’m ahead of the game.

Age 13: My life is really hard and no one understands the issues I’m faced with on the regular.  Leave me alone, I’m a teenager so, yeah… I’m basically a grown adult at this point.

Age 15: My mom told me to look for a job and now I have my own money – watch out, grown-ups -the world is mine!

Age 17: I guess I should start figuring out what I want to do when I grow up.

Age 19: That’s right; I got my own place and had pizza for dinner – fourth time this week.  I’m killin’ this thing called growing up.

Age 21: I can now do everything the rest of you adults do – but I’m still not sure what the hell I’m doing with my life. Is this what growing up is? Is this it now? Do I stop looking forward to my birthday?

Age 23: I need to get married and have kids – I’m getting old! Should I know what direction my life is going in? Is it normal that I’m still borrowing money from my dad? 

Age 25: I’m not spending my Friday night at that place – that’s where all the young college kids go. I’ve outgrown that crowd. I’m so mature.

Age 27: Who the hell can I call to bitch? I did not sign up for these bills and responsibility. I’ll be thirty soon – a real grown-up.

Age 29: I thought I would feel old by now.

Age 31: I let my kid sit in the front seat while I relax in the back, I still eat pizza three times a week and still have no clue what I’ll be doing in five years.  F*** growing up.

I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.

— Bill Watterson

A-Z Challenge: Day Seven


9 thoughts on “G is for Growing Up

  1. I’m with you all the way on this – but I also think if they told us we wouldn’t listen!
    I’ve heard it said that inside every adult is a child wondering what the fuck happened! lol

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    1. Exactly! I guess that goes to say the grownups were always right when they told us, “You won’t understand until you have children of your own”.


    1. Precisely. As a kid, what was our biggest worry? If we got to stay up late? Who you’re going to partner up with in gym class? I’d take those struggles back any day.



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