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Age vs. Happiness This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

As I examine these pencil ticks on the cream-colored wall,
I realize I've grown up so much.
I see the small stretch marks on my hips from last year's growth spurt,
And see that I'm becoming quite the young woman.
While I'm doing my algebra homework,
I think that I've gotten so much smarter than I was when I was memorizing the alphabet song.
When I look through these old pictures of us, sitting in sand, faces painted in ice cream,
I remember how childish we once were, and how we've now matured.
But sometimes, when I'm next to this pile of photo albums,
I wonder why we aren't like this anymore.
I wonder if getting older, and taller, and smarter, and more mature
Is something that is really worth trading pure happiness for.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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BrentBennett said...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:21 am
It is a very good piece no it is not worth trading.
 
love_and_anatomy said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:06 am
I love the simplicity in your writing style; Kudos.
 
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