Crystal Firsdon is visiting today. She’s writing about all the fun things we love as kids, but are maybe, not so fun as adults! Have a great Friday, y’all, and go find a parade this weekend!
My kid brain versus my adult brain
I was going to write about fun things I loved as a kid, but my adult mind wouldn’t let me! My brain kept veering to the practical side of these things that were once fun, but are now “fun.” I honestly couldn’t stop getting sarcastic with myself. So here’s my list of fun things I loved as a kid and how I tend to view these same things as an adult. (And I’m telling myself that other adults think this way too.)
The (now dreaded) grocery store:
Kid: Grocery stores are this wonderful place that sells so much candy and ice cream! Let’s go get some, every day.
Adult: Grocery stores suck. First I have to find a spot not already occupied by a cart someone was too lazy to put in the cart corral. You’re forced to shop among those that don’t understand the concept of NOT sitting your cart diagonally across the aisle while you step away, effectively blocking someone from passing you without having to speak up. And going on a weekend? Forget it. Way too crowded. Might run into someone I know.
We should get a pool! I always wanted a pool as a kid!
Kid: Backyard pools are awesome summertime fun! Let’s go swimming!
Adult: You want to go swimming? Really, that’s great. Let me put on a swim suit—love that (not!)—and get in water that’s 10 degrees too cold for my liking to struggle to get the cover off while struggling to keep my hair dry so the chlorine doesn’t fry it. Oh, and don’t forget to jump in as soon as I get the cover out of the way but haven’t had time to climb out yet so I get splashed on the little dry skin I had managed not to submerge in the water.
She with the most stickers, wins.
Kid: Stickers are awesome. There are so many pretty ones. Look how my stickers make everything look so much better!
Adult: Who in the @#!$ put stickers on the [insert inappropriate place to put a sticker, like on the dishwasher, or wall]? Where’s the Goof Off? We don’t have any? Great, now I have to go to the grocery store to get some.
I’m too old for stickers. I need much cooler pictures to represent myself.
Kid: Printers are so cool! I can find all these really neat pictures and print them all out to cover my bedroom walls. So colorful…
Adult: Why is the printer printing? I didn’t print anything.
(Ten minutes later) Is that… oh my god the printer is STILL PRINTING?! The ink is going to run out. I just spent $55 on ink a few weeks ago. “Whoever’s printing better stop!”
Kid: Parades are the best… free candy! (And no dressing up in a costume.)
Adult: Parades are the best… free candy! (And no spending money on a costume.)
Crystal is a former high school teacher turned stay-at-home mom turned part-time substitute teacher and school volunteer. She’s currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to earn her Master of Arts in Education.
She loves the romance genre, and can’t decide whether it’s better to read it or write it. With a long background in physical fitness, she includes exercise in all her heroines’ lives. Lately, regular exercise is quite difficult, but hey, she’s trying.
She lives in Michigan with her husband and children where the weather makes it impossible for her naturally curly hair to behave most days. You’ll almost always catch her sporting a messy bun and several bobby pins.