Entry: "When did you grow up?"
I remember when I was growing up in Pennsylvania that I was a very inquisitive child and was always getting my butt in trouble. I had the mind of a scientist (still do) and was always trying to figure out how stuff worked or what it was made of. I also had a very over-active imagination and was constantly playing pranks at school and at home. Some of them "pranks" were funny and caused no harm, some weren't and in fact were downright criminal in nature. All in all you could probably safely say that I was a young thug back in the day before my life was put on the right track. I have often wondered at what point in my life I took the fork in the road that put me on the right track as far as respecting property, my elders, my teachers and overall settling in to become a "good" citizen. I think more than likely it was when I graduated from high school in Pennsylvania and very shortly afterwards moved to Baltimore, Maryland. It was such a culture shock for me that it forced me to grow up and mature and move into responsible adulthood out of necessity. It's kind of funny when I look back now, but where I grew up in Baden, Pennsylvania there were not that many black folk at the time, in fact we were just about the only black family in our elementary school, etc...Once I moved to Baltimore and began living and working around such a large mass of my peoples did my true transformation set in. That's when I began to become more aware of my role as a man. Circumstances dictated that I had to grow up then and mature. I dropped the clowning around for the most part, the attitude that life was a big joke and began surrounding myself with "good" people for the most part. I attribute my turn-a-round to the change in my environment from Pennsylvania to Maryland when I graduated school. Do you have a point in your life or an event that you can use as a reference point if someone asks you when do you feel you "grew up"? When did you realize you were a bona-fide adult with roles and responsibilities? Or are you still drifting, searching for your place?
4 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.
on Monday, March 22nd, 2004 @ 11:01 AM EST
email@example.com">Tamara a.k.a. Little "t" said
Honey, Im still searching to no avail! God knows when it will happen but I hope soon. I just hope that when it does, I would still be a kid at heart.
on Tuesday, March 16th, 2004 @ 11:14 PM EST
I think I matured a little bit Greggy when my daughter was born. I vowed to be a good and responsible mother, unlike my own had been and made sure she had a great childhood. When she graduated last year, I definitely felt grown.
on Monday, March 15th, 2004 @ 05:00 PM EST
I "grew-up " when Sheree came along. Now that she is "all growed-up" I am myself a child again!!!
on Monday, March 15th, 2004 @ 04:11 AM EST
wow and you did a great job getting your life right on track with a great job, home and family. that's about all you need right? have a good new week! <3