Children grow up waiting for the day that they will be adults. To want to be treated as adults. To make our dreams come true. Children think that when they reach adulthood they will shed their childish ways. That we will then be strong, that we will understand others.
We want jobs to feed our childish wants. To have a car to take us whereever.
Growing up, we’re taught that we can do anything. We can go anywhere and do anything.
Yet no one ever considers the thought that we can do it on our own. We can do anything and everything. It’s implied as a future, instead of the present.
Is it that children can not do these things?
Are we incapable?
Why aren’t we capable of doing what adults can do?
Why don’t adults believe we can?
In reality, growing up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I don’t believe that adults do not believe in us children. I believe that adulthood is a time that they sugarcoat so we aren’t dreading the day that we have to leave home. That it’s easier for us to chase our dreams rather than walking away.
“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” ― C.S. Lewis
Annie Blakeley will be attending Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy, is a band and chorus student and a member of First United Methodist Church in Hamlet.