From the mind of a mild mannered maniac


Question :
“When did you realize you were an adult?”

Should I go with the pat answer here?
You know the one.
Adulthood arrived on the day I reached physical maturity etc…Does anyone really buy that malarky? Good I didn’t think so.
Teen boys are adults in much the same way that youth is often wasted on the young.

In typical male fashion, I dreamed about being a fully fledged  wage earner, of buying my first car, of getting my own place. I was a freckly teenager, and owning stuff seemed to be what adult life was souly about.

The powerful allure of childhood playthings, and goofing off was still foremost in my mind. Just like Peter Pan, I thought I would never have to truly grow up.

I was very interested in meeting girls and going steady, but the very thought of settling down and plotting a life course for myself? Well that idea was just so abstract and out of reach.

After dealing with the nine-to-five workforce drudgery for a while, it suddenly dawned on me that this grown up bit was not a whole lot of fun. Instead, I decided to expand my horizons, and find a way to increase my toy buying potential. But still, no adult-like intentions for this kid.

I suppose I was midway through my twenties when the word responsibility finally came home to roost. It suddenly occured to me that kids and teenagers were calling me Sir or Mr. Lewis. Mr. Lewis was my Dad’s and My Grandpas name that wasn’t me yet, was it?!


So the years have heaped up on top of each other, one by blessed one. I was twenty, then thirty then forty.

Now, as a nifty-fifty year old, you would think I could gaze back through that looking glass of time, and in, best houdini style, pinpoint the exact moment when adulthood actually arrived.

When the tweens, the teens, and the carefree, wild-oat twenties and thirty’s had made way for maturity and grown-up reasoning.
I guess it had to have happened at some point, right? Maybe, but for the life of me I can’t say when.

At times I still feel very much like that six-year old raggamuffin who’s whole aim in life was to bury as many Hot Wheels cars in the sandpit as was humanly possible.

Could the fact that I don’t have a definitive answer to this question, mean that adulthood hasn’t caught up to me yet ????


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Comments on: "Adulthood????" (16)

  1. When I started to pay my own car insurance, home and putting “head of household” on my taxes. LOL Great post!

  2. I like it when adults can have their inner child still showing at times. Plus it helps us to still dream, to have goals, and most of all to giggle, laugh and love life

    • Awww! Terry, you always know the perfect thing to say! I seriously don’t feel anything like the adults that guided me through my formative years.

      Adults ,at least in them days, always used to face a situation with certainty, sobriety and confidence. At least that’s how it always seemed to me.

      I see a group of kids playing basketball with my niece and nephew, and, I’m more tempted to join in like a silly goof, than to just stand back and supervise. I don’t remember my elders ever doing that. My inner child refuses to grow up! 🙂

  3. It is possible you’ve achieved a healthy balance? You realize that you have to survive in the big bad world, and that involves responsibility. On the other hand, you are able to release your inner six year old.

    Lol, I’m in my 40s and know what needs to be done, but I love acting like a child, especially with my nieces and nephews.

    • I don,t think I’ve got balance quite right yet. It’s a work in progress. Last night I was crawling around the floor with my nephew, while he was supposed to be getting into bed, then I read him 4 bedtime stories instead of the usual one. I am a bad, bad, naughty Uncle! 😉 It is moments like that, both the child me and adult me, cherish the most.
      Thank you, Jaded, for your very thoughtful comments

  4. Keep running….it will never catch you!! 🙂 Great, introspective post~

  5. Hey there! I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Award 🙂 Check it out here:

    • Thank tou so much, I feel extremely honored. I will delve look into what is entailed, when my life gets a little less hectic. I have been working dawn till dusk on a blueberry farm. I got home a few minutes ago, only to find that my wifi is down. This data connection is slow and erratic and I have to get some sleep, to be up on time for work. Thanks again:)

  6. Great post! Being a teacher I am rather free to let my inner child run wild sometimes…I just have to be serious at the right moments too. My students are 16-19, but they appreciate puns and pranks and games…just like i do.

    • Sounds like the perfect profession for your inner child. I wish my teachers tried to connect like that back in the dark ages when I was in High School. Thanks for your wonderful comments!

  7. Welcome to WWWW where we believe that you have to grow old but you never have to grow up. 🙂

    • “You have to grow old, but you never have to grow up.”
      Thats great it explains my brand of insanity in one simple sentence. Thank You! 🙂

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