Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Being grown up is

drinking chardonnay while you do your taxes.
hanging laundry while you cry.
asking strangers for directions, then finding your own way.
building a house of cards in the wind.
tearing some plants out of the garden so the rest have room to grow.
holding up your corner of the big safety net.
working to keep your name in the sand.
growing wings, then giving away all your feathers as gifts to loved ones.
signing all your paintings, not just the masterpieces.
deciding what parts of yourself to sell.
watering houseplants with a thimble.
blowing up your own balloons.
trying to colour within lines of text.
choosing the best answer to an impossible question.

        What is "being grown up" to you?


Dorkmaster Flek said...

A constant struggle between adult responsibilities and childlike freedom and fun (or want of it).

Mary said...

Haha Andrew makes a good point. Adulthood has always been bitter sweet for me... like "Hooray I'm not in school anymore so I can actually do work FOR money instead of PAYING to work! Look at all this freedom I have"...... But that soon turns to "Gotta start being wise with my money, buying a house, paying for your OWN utilities, your OWN groceries, your OWN everything". As exciting as becoming a real responsible, home-owning adult is, it's really friggin intimidating. Mainly due to how expensive it all is.

shannon teresa said...

blowing up your own balloons.

you're a genius!

Claudia said...

I love this poem

And I don't have an answer to your question

...as usual, overthinking it to the max