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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2005, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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For those in a hurry to grow-up

For those YOUNGER viewers on this forum, heed this advice! Don't be in such a rush to grow-up!

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****If Only****

To Whom it May Concern:

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as
an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the
responsibilities of an 8 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 with rocks. I want
to think M&Ms are better than money because you can
eat them. I want to play dodge ball at recess and paint
with watercolors in art. I want to lie under a big oak
tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot
summer's day.

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

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is
honest and good. I want to believe that anything is
possible. Somewhere in our youth, we matured and
learned too much. There are nuclear weapons, war,
prejudice, and abused children. Lies, unhappy
marriages, illness, pain, and death. A world where
companies poison our water and our soil, and children
kill.

What happened to the time when we thought that
everyone could live forever, because we didn't grasp
the concept of death? When the worst thing in the
world was if someone took the jump rope from you or
picked you last for kickball. I want to be oblivious
to the complexities of life and be overly excited by
the little things again.

I want to return to the days when children played
hide-and-seek outside instead of being glued to a
television, when video games were as harmless as
Pac-man ... instead of spine-ripping, blood-splattering
mind numbers like Mortal Combat, and TV still had some
shows on that weren't about sex, killing, and lies.

I remember being naive and thinking everyone was happy
because I was. Afternoons were spent climbing trees and
fences and riding my bike. I never worried about time,
bills, or where I was going to find the money to fix my
car. I used to wonder what I was going to do or be when
I grew up, not worry about what I'll do if this doesn't
work out. I want to live simple 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 loss of loved ones.
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind
word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination,
mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So.... here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit
card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially
resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss
this further, you'll have to catch me first, 'cause, "Tag! You're it!"

**********

Sounds like good advice to me.......

**Your Portion Of Light**

Whether you are a brilliant flame or
but a tiny spark matters not-for the world needs whatever portion of light is yours to give.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2005, 06:26 PM
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McDonalds and Starbucks ARE four star restaurants!!!

Growing up, everybody was flaunting their Happy Meal toys. We only had enough money to eat at McDonalds once a year.

As soon as I came to this University, I started eating McDonalds daily....



America is good....
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-12-2005, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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McDonalds and Starbucks ARE four star restaurants!!!

Growing up, everybody was flaunting their Happy Meal toys. We only had enough money to eat at McDonalds once a year.

As soon as I came to this University, I started eating McDonalds daily....



America is good....
AND FAT! We need to eat MORE SALADS FOLKS!!! HELLO, CAN YOUR HEAR ME!!! When was the last time you saw a fat WILD RABBIT. They must be doing SOMETHING right.

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When was the last time you saw an OLD wild rabbit?

Despite obesity, Americans still live longer than everybody else.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2005, 03:17 PM
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That is definately a cute post! I remember eating INSIDE McDonalds was the best, we usually went through the drive through. But going inside was SO COOL!
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Don't forget that, when we were 8, the worst physical pains we felt were scraped knees which could be *kissed better* by a loving mom. We were invincible, and nothing bad would ever happen to us.

One of us (aka me) DID decide to grow up too fast. Instead of using my exceptional h.s. GPA to take advantage of a four year scholarship to a very fine university, I felt compelled to marry my "high school sweetheart" instead. I then had my own children: one when I was 20 and the other when I was 24. They are the joy of my life. Unfortunately, the HS sweetheart found his joy in drugs, other women and violence, and it took me 10 years to finally get "out".

Fast forward many years: I have two beautiful daughters that are now young women who have been adopted legally by my current husband - the love of my life whom I have been with since 1997! I now have every advantage that most adults strive for. In some ways, I have the choice to return to college, or stay at home and pursue my hobbies, or whatever that may be...unfortunately, it isn't that simple.

Back when I was 18 and made my life-changing decision to grow up too fast...I never considered the fact that I would acquire a chronic illness which now limits my every activity. Looking back, with the maturity I have now, I would have certainly taken the route to Rice University: 4 years, all expenses paid. Where I would have gone from there, I don't know...I was leaning toward Medical school. Now, it is all I can do to get out of bed some days.

As I say this, I watch my own brilliant and beautiful (!) 18 y.o. daughter make her decision that instead of going to college, she wants to get married. My heart is breaking for her...she has so much talent and all of the support in the world from us, as her parents. We would happily pay every cent of her college fees, buy her an inexpensive but reliable used car and pay the fees related to that, as well as allow her to live at home without paying us a cent....if only she would WAIT until she finished college to marry. But she is convinced that her boyfriend's $6.50/hr will be more than enough to get both of them by on...especially after she gets her job: she has applied at Wal-Mart.

History is repeating itself. My heart is breaking for her, but there is nothing I can do...
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That is definately a cute post! I remember eating INSIDE McDonalds was the best, we usually went through the drive through. But going inside was SO COOL!
I remember when McDonald's had the BEST fries! Now the times they are a changing and In-N-Out has the best fries. (Best burgers too IMO)

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The best part of being a child is the wonderful world of imagination! When I teach, I really encourage the children to make-believe. What a wonderful world it is! I lived within eyesight of what everyone called The Castle, and after the owner died, my older sister took me there. Everyone"knew" the castle was haunted, and we were not allowed to go there, but it was so close, and I used to play with the grandson of the owner.....

Well, my sister, an older friend, and I (being dragged along by my older sister) approached the mansion, certain that at any time something terrible might happen. We had heard that there was a man with a shotgun monitoring the grounds, and then, of course, there were the ghosts....

We entered cautiously, and saw very little on the first floor, but there was a long stairway, and we climbed the steps slowly. We had no sooner entered the first room when we heard "it." I have no idea what "it" was, and that made it even more frightening. The three of us stumbled over one another to get to the steps and scramble down. Then we ran home, and I think I slept with covers over my head for several days. Nevertheless, for a child with an active imagination, it was wonderful to grow up near "a castle."

PS There are two stories written by catforum members set at The Castle. The location, although more elaborate than the real thing, was inspired by my memory of a huge Gothic castle.

I hope you'll read it, and Brynn, I hope you'll help me to write the next mystery.

Here's a link:

https://www.catforum.com/viewtopic.php?t ... order=asc&




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