Don’t grow up all the way

6.17.08 by Tim

I never had anything good to say about Anton’s post so i didn’t comment and nobody did anything for a LOOOONG time and I was not quite to the point where I acknowledged that it was partially my fault when Ben was awesome and wrote a post. And so I’ve been inspired by his initiative, to do exactly the same as he did.

Today I put together some little craft mirrors and some hobby motors and some knob-things and wires and a laser pointer and made a light-show contraption. On Friday I used my sisters jump-rope to climb onto the first branch in the tree right in front of our house, and the day before that I took a bike-ride with Grace to explore east Lawrence.

I started thinking- “It’s a good thing I’m still living in my parents house off of the money my dad makes. Soon I won’t be able to do any of this anymore.” and then I started thinking, “When I have a job, I will have some free time, and I will hopefully have a little money left over after paying for food and a place to live. I can devote my life to doing this stuff if i want!”

And then I thought “when’s the last time my parents did anything fun like this?” My dad spends a lot of time at work, and on work trips, but when he’s at home he spends most of his time biking for exercise or sitting on the couch using his laptop and watching tv. my mom drives us around, cooks food, cleans house, and gardens when she has time. I’m sure they weren’t always like this. They can’t have always been like this.

I’m starting to get worried that its a psychological thing that happens to you once you start working for your own money. I’m starting to worry that it’s going to happen to me. I DON’T WANT TO STOP ACTING LIKE A KID SOMETIMES.
Listen to your teacher. Repeat after me:

I won’t grow up,
(I won’t grow up)

I don’t want to go to school.
(I don’t want to go to school)

Just to learn to be a parrot,
(Just to learn to be a parrot)

And recite a silly rule.
(And recite a silly rule)

If growing up means

It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,

I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up

Not me!

Not I,

Not me!

Not me!

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