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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)

TITLE: When I Grow Up, I Want to be Young Again
By Pamela Calhoun
08/05/09


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When I Grow Up, I Want to be Young Again


To become an adult…

You stop skipping on the way there.

Passing by a green grassy hill, even if you notice it, you walk on without needing to roll down gleefully just one time before moving on.

You’ve forgotten what the cool green grass feels like between your toes.

No longer do you find joy in challenging the waves and seeing if you can outrun them.

Being up after dark doesn’t feel magical.

Years can pass by without enjoying a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich on plain old white bread.

You work, you get married, you have a child.

The child becomes a toddler.

One day he says; “Look Daddy, I can skip!” and you both skip on the way there.

When you pass by the green grassy hill, the two of you laugh hysterically as down it you roll.

You say; “Take your shoes off son, see how great the grass feels between your toes?”

At the beach you spend hours outrunning the waves.

Together you sit in wonder at how magical the night feels as you watch for shooting stars.

Alone one night, eating a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, you remember the fun you had together, before he outgrew you and became an adult.

He gets a job, gets married, has a child.

The child becomes a toddler.

One day she says; “Look Gampa, I can skip!”


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Tiffany Miller08/06/09
This was so sweet! And so true... children sure know how to make us feel young. Beautiful depiction of the cycle of life.
Jackie Wilson08/06/09
How true! And a pleasure to read.
Dolores Stohler08/07/09
Oh, I love this. I'm providing daycare for a four-year-old and learning to see the world between her eyes. Kudos to you. This was great!
Seema Bagai 08/09/09
An enjoyable piece. Good work.
Connie Dixon08/10/09
Loved the reality of this. Good job!
Lisa Johnson 08/13/09
Congratulations on your story receiving highly commended status. I read it with great pleasure. I loved the title. I loved the way the MC found himself rejuvenated by his own child first, and then his grandchild. Reminds me of my own Dad rollerskating with his six grandchildren when he was in his sixties.
Lisa
Eliza Evans 08/21/09
Lovely and warm.
Brought a smile to my face.
Nicely done.

Congratulations on your high commendation!