Monday, October 29, 2012

That Doesn't Go Away

So,  when I was a little kid I thought that way more things about myself would be different when I was "grown up" than actually are different. I'm not sure what I thought would mysteriously happen to me during my teenage years, but I believed that I would have way fewer feelings about things than I had when I was a child. Turns out that my range of emotions is just about the same between the ages of four and nineteen and my self-control is only moderately improved. How do I know this? When I got the message that we were having a snow day today I literally did a happy dance. There was a lot of gesticulation and joy involved. 

A quick note that if you grow up in the north country it is called a snow day no matter what the event that causes school to suddenly and unexpectedly be cancelled is. Maybe some people would call today a Hurricane Day or a Disaster Day, but they are wrong. If it is a weekday and you sleep late, eat pancakes/waffles, and do nothing except watch TV and play video games all day than that is a snow day whether the cause for it is a blizzard, ducks raining from the sky, or bears attacking. 

I come from Queensbury School District which notoriously is the last to close. Glens Falls is always closed before Queensbury is so I am used to waiting until the morning of a storm to find out if I can wear my pajamas all day. Simmons also has high standards for closure. It's typically the last of the Colleges of the Fenway schools to close because most of the students are on or near campus. So when Simmons closed last night I was overjoyed. The feeling of winning when you get a snow day apparently does not go away when you grow up. 

I felt a little like I was cheating or skipping today, but it has made utterly wasting my time no less enjoyable. The view outside my window this morning wasn't that bad. 

It was a little windy and rainy, but the weather won't be scary until later, if at all. Honestly, I could have walked to class, but I thank the powers that be that I could sit in my room today and do violent things to pixalated baddies. Everyone be safe in the storm and have a nice snow day. 

If you need something to do, make me a list of things that do and do not go away when you grow up.
For instance:
Goes Away- 
  • Desire to eat grass
  • Ability to do splits/cartwheels
  • Licking yourself in the mirror
  • Running away from your friends and laughing at them
  • Ability to say the alphabet backwards as well as forwards
  • Unashamedly showing people your belly button 
  • Will to eat bugs
  • Touching other people's earlobes
Doesn't Go Away-
  • Joy over snow days
  • Randomly dancing
  • Attachment to good stuffed animals/books
  • Yelling “I didn’t touch it. It just broke!” after breaking something
  • Tripping and pretending it never happened
  • Occasionally crying piteously 
  • Need to play video games
  • Competing needlessly with others whether they know it or not

1 comment:

Bob Singer said...

Your analysis of changing joys with age begs for a continuation with age. Here's how I've changed going through adulthood:

Goes Away after childhood-

Desire to eat grass
Ability to do splits/cartwheels
Licking yourself in the mirror
Running away from your friends and laughing at them
Ability to say the alphabet backwards as well as forwards
Unashamedly showing people your belly button
Will to eat bugs
Touching other people's earlobes

Doesn't Go Away into Adulthood-

Joy over snow days
Randomly dancing
Attachment to good stuffed animals/books
Yelling “I didn’t touch it, it just broke!” after breaking something
Tripping and pretending it never happened
Occasionally crying piteously
Need to play video games
Competing needlessly with others whether they know it or not

Added during adulthood
Getting out of my comfort zone culturally
Appreciating good weather
Feeling healthy and pain-free
Feeling gratitude to people who make me think in new ways (like you)
Loving my family