Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Top 10 Childish Things I Wish I Could Get Away With as an Adult

As George Bernard Shaw so famously said, "Youth is wasted on the young." I wouldn't have believed it when I was a kid, because I wanted nothing more than to be a grown up who could do whatever I wanted. Guess what? Doing whatever I want sometimes sucks, especially when doing whatever I want involves not paying my bills on time or going three years without a visit to the dentist.

Ah, what I wouldn't give now for a strict bed time and some fish sticks -- two of the Top 10 Childish Things I Wish I Could Get Away With as an Adult.

10. Going to summer camp.

Is there anything more exciting for a kid than going away to summer camp for the first time? For most kids, it's the first time they spend extended periods away from their parents and for me, it was when I learned the most about myself as a young person. Luckily, I still go back as a counselor (yes, I'm quite possibly the oldest camp counselor in the history of the world) every summer and run the journalism department at a camp for the fine and technical arts. I have to hold on to my youth somehow, right?

9. Eating fish sticks for dinner, and that being okay.

How can anyone not love fish sticks? They're like fish 'n chips minus the chips and the sexy British accent. Sure, they come from the freezer section, but they're fucking delicious. All that breading would probably make me fat if I consumed as many as I did when I was a kid, though. And you'd probably laugh at me.

8. Going to bed at 8:30.

I can only dream of going to bed at 8:30 when I finally go to bed at 3 a.m. after getting most--but not all--of my work done for the day.

7. Going to the doctor and never seeing a bill.

I used to think the doctor took care of me because he wanted me to get better, not because he wanted a new car. Now I have to truly believe I'm on my death bed or be absolutely certain a bone is broken before I'd even consider getting within 500 feet of a medical professional, lest I want to default on my student loans (which brings me to an honorable mention: free school).

6. Picking my nose.

Sometimes there's just one you have to get. Definitely loses all charm when an adult does it.

5. Being applauded for everything.

When was the last time someone clapped when you pooped in the toilet?

4. Bursting into tears when I don't get what I want.

Not that I haven't cried over unrequited love, lost apartments or plane tickets that doubled in price over night, forcing me to cancel my vacation, but it's not the same when Dad isn't there to comfort me and give me my first lesson in personal finance while explaining that he just doesn't have the money for that Shetland pony I was so, so in love with.

3. Running around the yard naked.

Not only would this require a yard, it would require the self confidence to actually run while naked. There are so many things wrong with that picture I won't even begin to go there.

2. Believing my parents are immortal.

1. Asking random boys to show me their penises.

The "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" line only works until about 11. Then you're expected to do more. But I could have saved myself a lot of disappointment in my teens and early twenties had I been able to check out the goods before committing to any physical contact.

Originally posted at's Scanner blog.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

I think that last one still probably works. At least, with some guys.

OK, possibly only me. And that's why West Virginia doesn't want me to go there anymore.

Fantastic blog though... Just found it via Nerve, and have been going through your past postings/writings/etc.