Friday, June 5, 2015

What I Wish I Had Learned in School

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.


Secret Subject Swap

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http://dinoheromommy.com                           Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
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http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com               Someone Else’s Genius
http://www.silenceofthemom.blogspot.com       Silence of the Mom
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch                   Confessions of a Part-Time Working Mom
http://www.smalltalkmama.com                       Small Talk Mama
http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com             Searching for Sanity
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My subject is “I wish I had taken a/an                      class in high school so I could be better prepared for                      .”. It was submitted by http://dinoheromommy.com. Here goes:

I wish I had taken a 'Life as a Grown-Up' class in high school so I could be better prepared for adulthood. As a kid I couldn't wait to grow up. All I could think of was how wonderful it would be to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I wouldn't have to go to school. I could spend my money buying all the things my parents wouldn't let me have as a kid. I could live on my own and stay up as late as I wanted, eat as much candy as I wanted and wouldn't have to go to school!

What I didn't realize was that all that freedom comes at a price.


If I wanted to live alone and buy all the things I would have to have a job. I would most likely have to wake up just as early every morning as I did as a kid (there goes staying up as late as I wanted) and, instead of sitting in a classroom all day, I would be in a cubicle. Only I would bet there for 9 hours instead of 6 and I wouldn't get recess.

To live on my own I would have to have an apartment, or house. Those things cost money. I would have to budget that money I made at my cubicle job and pay bills. Rent, electric, water, cable, phone, car, insurance. There goes all that money I was going to use to buy all the things. 

At least I would be able to eat all the candy I wanted, right? Nope, wrong again. Sure, I could eat all the candy I wanted, if I didn't care about my weight, and skin and overall health. Call me vain, but I care about those things. I didn't realize that the metabolism I had as a kid would slow down more and more every year, and that I wouldn't actually be able to eat anything I wanted for the rest of my life.

Oh, and all those eye-rolls I used to give my parents when they would demand to know who I was going out with, or make me do my homework, or fold my laundry or clean my room? No one prepared me for the fact that I would be on the other side of those looks once I had kids of my own. 



Now I find myself telling my kids not to wish their childhood away. To enjoy being carefree and having someone else there to look after them. To play and have fun and not wish to grow up too soon.

Of course I tell them those things as they walk away rolling their eyes so hard, I'm convinced they can see their own brains.

18 comments:

  1. You rocked this prompt!!! I totally agree with everything you have written. It;s so true, I remember my parents laughing at me when I wished to be an adult...now I laugh at my son when he says the same things.

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I just want to shake them and say "don't ever wish for that! Ever!" lol

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  2. I was exactly the same way!! And my Mom kept telling me to enjoy the freedom I had as a kid.

    You know what? We should AT LEAST have some recess at the cubicle job. And buy a little something from the money we make (and if you ain't got any, come on over to my post, I can help!)

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    1. Yes! Recess or nap time! Think how much more productive everyone would be if they could recharge!

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  3. My kids are in college and every time they complain about classes I tell them that these are the best, most carefree years of their lives.
    I'm convinced my kids can see their own brains as well!

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    1. Haha! What I wouldn't do to be able to redo my college years. I sure would make some different choices!

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  4. Oh, yeah. I've been having those same conversations and getting those same eye rolls. Oh, boy.....

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  5. What a perfect response to this prompt! How nice it would have been to get a glimpse into this crazy adulthood of working/cooking/cleaning/waytoomanyresponsibilites so we could have cherished our younger days more!

    You owned this ❤

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  6. I believe childhood is wasted on children. If only they truly appreciated how good they have it...I'm always telling my daughter, when she comes up to ask me for something, to go ask an adult for permission to do what she wants, before I remember that I'm the adult, which is why she's talking to me in the first place. It's always such a rude shock.

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    1. Lol! Yes! Totally wasted on children!!

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  7. My son is only four and I already get the eye roll. . . I hate to think what the teenage years will be like.

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  8. I often wish I had saved more more of my money I earned as a teenager. I don't even remember what I spent it on. If only I had known how expensive adulting would be!

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