Browsing All posts tagged under »growing up«

Role Models (Part 3)

March 27, 2011

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This is secret stuff I’m going to tell you now, things I’ve never admitted to anyone. Not that there’s anything lurid here. Actually, I tried to think of some lurid memories, but I was only ten years old. The best I could come up with was my habit of going into the coat closet, closing […]

Role Models (Part 1)

March 14, 2011

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I couldn’t wait to grow up. I had things to do, big, important things, and when you’re five years old there are a lot of regulations holding you back. For one thing, there was bedtime, an annoying restriction that did nothing but convince me that the really great stuff all happened after I went to […]

Choosing to Grow Up

May 27, 2010

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(This essay was first published in my local newspaper, way back in 2003.) Summer is approaching fast, high school graduation time, and another wave of fresh faces is about to slam into the beach. I call it the Great Rude Awakening. Maybe they’re off to college, where they’ll find that their professors will flunk them […]