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Are You Too Grown Up?

Don't get so caught up in being an adult that you forget what it's like to be a kid.

This story appears in the September 2001 issue of

We have a white board here in our office that serves, in part, as a spot to post various "survey" questions. That could mean anything from "What are your three most favorite books?" to "What's your guiltiest pleasure?" Recently, we had a question up there that I thought long and hard about but felt at a loss to answer without getting too philosophical (not that philosophy and white boards don't mix, but in all honesty, the question was erased before I could think of anything concise): "What do you miss the most about being a kid?"

There are, of course, the obvious things like not working and being able to play all the time, at least during the summer. Or just the fact of having summers free. Or not caring if you got your white dress dirty or managed to coat the kitchen table with fingerpaints. Most everyone misses those things. But I think the more important issue is not missing childhood per se, but reminding ourselves to behave like kids as much as we behave like adults.

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