Sunday, August 23, 2009

Adult: Sunday Scribblings

If I am unsure of a definition of a word or if I want to see alternate definitions or if I'm just trying to think of a hook to respond to a prompt, I'll go to my little ole Google space on the toolbar and type the following:

define: WORD

[You don't need to be told that WORD in that line above is changed depending on the word I'm looking up, do you? You do? Leave. Now.]

For Sunday Scribblings this week, I thought I'd look for a hook, so I typed the following:

define: adult

And I didn't even bother looking at the results. Why?

define: adult

That's what I've done pretty much all my life.

As a young child, I defined an adult as someone whom I had to treat with deference, to address as "Sir" or "Ma'am" and to turn to one if I were ever in danger.

As a young teen, I defined adults as hopeless, and I did my best to outsmart them.

At 15 through my later teen years, I knew, of course, that I was the definition of an adult.

But when was I really an adult? Hell if I know. All I know for sure is that my definition of "adult" has aged right alongside me.

My eldest is nearly 13. He defines adults as hopeless. He surely lumps me into that category from time to time more and more frequently undeniably. My kids? They won't be adults until they're about 33.

Yeah, that's how one should define: adult.


anthonynorth said...

Yes, it's a constantly changing definition.

quin browne said...

even as an adult, i find myself still falling back into the yes m'am and calling people that appear older than me as mrs or mr.


your 13 year old is right.

Dee Martin said...

Hope you had google set on "safe" search if you typed in ADULT dear or you may have gotten more than you bargained for LOL

I was in the "don't trust anyone over 21" group, then it became 30, then 40 then oh for crying out loud, never mind.

I agree with Quin - your 13 year old IS right...

Lilibeth said...

True. We say, "Oh grow up", but we usuallly hate it when they do.

Rosey said...

I hope the child within me never escapes! Being completely adult must be so boring!

keiths ramblings said...

My kids are grown up but it's strange how they revert to childhood in certain situations,and I wouldn't want it any other way!

Tara R. said...

I would hate to know what my kids' definition of adult is.

Lucy said...

so true patois!
every age has their own opinion of not only the definition of adult.. but just about everything! perspective!

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

George S Batty said...

this is a cute post. we all define adult differently as we become older.
You explain it better than most.


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