The lesson of growing up

So small, so tall
It happens so fast,
that you don’t remember what happened last
But I can guess what happened…

All these big people around me
passing me down with strong arms
I’m passed to a room
where I’m consumed of soaps and baby alarms

I guess it was fun having all the attention
But I still cried for mum when they cut the extention

Life is so confusing,
with all its different features
It’s special and amusing
but that’s what it teaches

People are talking all around me,
giving me wide grins
I want to stand up
I want to join in

I don’t know what they’re saying,
I want to talk back
but my lips stay stiff
the skills I lack

The experience of being small is rather worrying,
yet the experience of being tall is just as terrifying
You may be able to walk,
read, write and talk

But you don’t know what choice is wrong or right,
you can’t sleep with mum at night
you feel grown up thats for sure
but when will it be till your prince comes knocking on the door

and here I am holding another little creation
while dad spreads his news half across the nation

She looks up at me
she probably thinks I’m big
but bigger I’ll get!
I think feeling small is something we’ve all met

Don’t rush to grow up
don’t follow the crowd
stand there in the moment
smile and be proud

Because a confusing life is unique
it’s the mistakes that our fun
go on stand there in the moment
don’t turn and run

The lesson of growing up

Alexandra Parapadakis

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

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