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When I Am Older

August 27, 2021
By EvelyneWrites PLATINUM, Arlington, Virginia
EvelyneWrites PLATINUM, Arlington, Virginia
21 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Mom says I’ll want to eat kale

When I am older-

Says it’ll taste good

And when I am older

I’ll wake up when my alarm

Goes off, not after I hit 




When I am older

I’ll be able to organize

I’ll learn things I don’t know 

Yet, I’ll have adventures

I’ll be allowed to go

Where I want, do

What I want, but

Teachers say they learn

More from the kids

Than the kids learn from

Them, and maybe 

When I am older 

I’ll wish I had the innocence

And naive goodness

I once dropped like pennies

Maybe when I am older

I’ll miss the cheap

Lollipops at the drive-through

At the bank 

And I’ll sleep through my alarm

Old habits die hard

And I’ll be a mess with

No one to tell me to

Clean my room

I won’t have the funds to

Go where I want,

Won’t have the time to

Do what I want

And I’ll wish I’d never

Quite grown up

But that’s just a maybe

I know that 

When I am older

I’ll have the freedom

Of less than six feet

Of eating indoors

Of seeing a smile in real life

And maybe

When I am older

I’ll be in 

Your arms 


The author's comments:

Thie piece is about the poignancy of growing up coupled with the hope of the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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CeeCee80 said...
on Sep. 13 2021 at 12:43 pm
CeeCee80, Chandler, Arizona
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This is absolutely beautiful. It really makes me think about what life really is and what it really means to one another. Great job.

on Sep. 13 2021 at 12:29 pm
summerchild GOLD, Chandler, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
“Silence speaks so much more than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say you’re crazy.”
-Taylor Swift

“Feminist, a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes…”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I love this. The description and the underlying truth of how growing up isn’t what it’s cut out to be is very well said. I think it’s beautiful!

cmariej GOLD said...
on Sep. 9 2021 at 10:15 am
cmariej GOLD, Buckeystown, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Even darkness must pass, anew day will come and and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer."
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So beautiful!!

on Sep. 8 2021 at 10:34 am
12376-astravo SILVER, Centennial, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
" A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even though there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway." - Junot Diaz

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This was amazing. Great Job! :)

on Sep. 7 2021 at 10:44 pm
Rsnail-925 PLATINUM, Boulder, Colorado
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This is so moving.

on Sep. 2 2021 at 3:22 pm
Crazywolfiegirl2 PLATINUM, Kington, Other
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Wow, so good

Rune DIAMOND said...
on Aug. 31 2021 at 3:55 pm
Rune DIAMOND, Tama, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
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This is beautiful.