Zero to Sixty in Five has been a nice vehicle for sharing my childhood memories (tales from my adolescence should roll out pretty soon). In reliving these experiences, I can vividly recall just what it was like.
Here’s a list compiled by a young fella named Marius about how great it is to be a kid. He posted it a year and a half ago on his site, M’s World, but I only stumbled across it yesterday. I totally agree: being a kid is awesome. [My commentary will follow his points.]
10 awesome things about being a kid? Easy!!!
[Such a savvy one, this Marius! I didn’t have the good sense to enjoy this childhood perk while it lasted…]
2. You do not have to cook meals (unless you have chores)
[This was not on my radar either; the reality of having to come up with three squares, 365 days a year, once I left college, hit hard.]
3. You know what an “x-box” is
4. No wrinkles!!
[Marius makes a good point; but all things considered, wrinkles aren’t nearly as bad as the random whiskers that sprout on my chin these days.]
5. You are not old
[I think people say “you’re only as old as you feel” to make themselves feel better about getting old. The kid gets it: old is just old, regardless of how you “feel”.]
6. You do not have bingo flaps
[“Bingo flaps”… could so do without these, but alas…]
7. You do not have a flab of skin on your neck
[“Flab of skin” — another graphic description, Marius. Unfortunately, gravity will stick it to us all, eventually.]
8. No manual *gulp* labor
[Here is where young Marius and I diverge, generationally speaking. I was pressed into a fair share of manual labor as a kid. Not nearly the same volume as I would manage in adulthood, but nonetheless, my parents believed in the distribution of labor: while I did not by any means carry the brunt of the household chores, I did cook, wash dishes, wash and hang clothes on the line, iron, dust, sweep and mop floors on a routine basis. Seasonally, I could also be found helping snap beans for the freezer, skin tomatoes for canning, or strain plum puree for jelly-making. *Gulp!*]
9.You can go to school
[I liked going to school then and still enjoy being in class. Now, where’d I put that adult education catalog?…]
10.You actually like technology
[Apparently, enough of us behave alike to have given him the impression we don’t actually like technology. But it’s really more of a love/hate thing…]
Well, there you have it. Ten awesome things about being a kid.
[Thank you, Marius, for a great list! It’s time for me to go soak in some Epsom salts now…]