27 Feb 2014

You Know You Are A Grown Up

Through the eyes of a child
You know you are a grown up when:

You see no shapes in the clouds
Or the colours of the rainbow in the sky
You do not realise when seasons change
You do not stop to watch a butterfly.

Raindrops splash in puddles
And birds in the bushes sing
You listen but cannot hear
The sounds don't mean a thing.

There are no monsters under your bed
No dinosaurs outside your window,
You rush and hurry from dawn to dusk
You have no time to stop or go slow.

You have forgotten how to laugh
To smile at Life's tiny little things
Your brow is furrowed, shoulders hunched
To anxiety, worry and money you cling.

You live not for each moment
Nor for every minute of every day
You are always trying to get things done
No time to pause, impatient at each delay.

There was a time when all it took
Was the stars, the moon and the sun,
A stick, a leaf, a twig, a pebble,
To bring you joy and endless fun.

You had not a care in the world
There was a twinkle in your eye
Excitement, adventure, curiosity,
Imagination was always an ally.

All the wisdom in the world
All the books and all the learning
Cannot teach you to live your life,
Always wanting and always yearning.

The inspiration behind these words was the quote:

Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child - Ron Wild

These verses are recent, but I have previously penned down my thoughts about how we can learn a lot from our children - The Teacher. Please take a moment to read that post if you will. Thank you.


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48 comments:

  1. Cannot teach you to live your life, Always wanting and always yearning.// you summed it pretty good. Beautiful write #prose4T

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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi. The words seem to come easily when you feel strongly about a subject. At least for me they seem to.

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  2. This lovely poem is so true. We do see things differently and should go back to looking at the world as a child more often :-)

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    1. I think our senses grow a bit numb with mundane routine of daily life. A fresh look through a child's eyes can just brighten everything up.

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  3. Woot, woot according to this I am still a child!
    Happy times!

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  4. It's definitely important to remember to look at and appreciate these small things in life. It keeps you happier I think

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    1. Absolutely! It is the little things that make life so precious. All the money in the world cannot buy you those moments.

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  5. Oh I love this poem! Oh, to be a child again, but at least I get to glimpse it all through my children's eyes #ThePrompt

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    1. Me too! I have started noticing all the little things that J notices. And I must say, it is rather refreshing.

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  6. That has made me a bit sad, it is very true. I definitely think having children helps you to see the world in a fun way again.

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    1. I think so too. Life was getting a bit too grown up in the pre-J era. Loving looking at things from a tot's perspective.

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  7. I shall never be a grown up. Or will do my damn best not to be! Beautiful poem x

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    1. Thank you, Sonya. It is so important to preserve that little child that lives inside all of us.

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  8. I'm afraid that I still think about the monsters under the bed! A very moving poem :)

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    1. Tbh, I do too :-D Even more so since I have started looking for them with J!

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  9. I love this, it captures that change that seems to happen when we 'grow up' - no longer aware of the wonder, just focused on the day to day. 'No dinosaurs outside your window' - just brilliant! Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

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    1. J actually thinks we live in a zoo. There are always some monkeys or elephants or dinosaurs peering in at our window :-D

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  10. Oh thank God - I'm not a grown up!!!!!!!!

    Lovely poem x

    I recently posted: Chocolate + Peanut Ice-Cream Cake

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  11. Lovely words, well done. I love experiencing things through Baby's eye's, it's all so amazing! x

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  12. This is lovely. I'm rediscovering childhood with my two little boys and love trying to see things through their perspective!

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    1. Me too, Rachel. Children seem to notice such a lot, so many details in everything.

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  13. I refuse to be grown up!!! It's no fun!!

    Great post! :)

    Lucie
    http://www.ourworldandautism.com

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  14. I hope my children never grow too old to do these things.

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  15. What a super poem you wrote. You know, my Mom once told me I was a twinkle in my Fathers eye one time. LOL.. not sure why but this poem made me think of that.

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    1. Thank you Terry. I am so glad I reminded you of what must be a happy memory, being the twinkle of your Father's eye :)

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  16. wish I had the imagination of a child again! x

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  17. Phew, I still see shaped in the clouds, I'm not a grown up yet!
    Lovely poem x

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  18. It's a wonderful post Vai :) And as it seems I am still not a grown up. Have to stay I haven't felt so young in years ;) Happy to be young!

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    1. Amen to that Orli. I too am seeing things in a different light since becoming a mother.

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  19. I think we all need more reminders - it's so easy to get swamped in the grown-up world.

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    1. I like to think so too, Aisha. I was starting to forget how much there is to see and do all around us.

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  20. I'm always in awe of anyone who can write poetry - such beautiful words! x

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your kind words Steph. I don't know if I am any good, but I do like to write the occasional verse.

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  21. This is such a fantastic poem - you are so talented! It's kind of scary when you think about it, just how much we miss as grown ups :(

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. You are very kind. I like to try my hand at writing poetry once in a while.

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  22. Beautifully written and so true. I make a point of stopping sometimes and looking at things through the eyes of my children

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    1. Thank you Kara. It does feel very wonderful to see things the way they see them. You do notice such a lot when you are little!

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  23. What a fantastic poem and wonderful response to the Prompt

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    1. Thank you Kizzy. I really enjoy writing to The Prompt. I find it very inspiring.

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  24. Love this poem, especially as it made me feel like I still have some childlike qualities left inside and I'm not totally grown up!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I am glad you like it. And ditto what you said too!

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  25. Wow - quite a potent reminder of the ways in which we need to stop and be not only mindful but playful too. I love you poem. X #ThePrompt

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    1. Thank you ever so much. I have been trying to be a bit more mindful about everything since having J. Helps keep things in focus.

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  26. This is fab - I refuse to act all grown up............ much to Lucas's disgust sometimes!!!! Great poem #prose4t

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    1. Thank you. I think I too can be child-like most of the time, much to the OH's annoyance ;-D

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  27. This is great, really makes you think about how we need to take some time to live like a child and see things in a fun and exciting way. #ThePrompt

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