I used to have a simple toddler life, but now I am in 5th grade. I used to never have tests, but now I have at least 3 a week. As a toddler I could laugh and talk and dream forever, but now I only can think about school, what my friends are doing, and some assignment that’s due tomorrow. No more learning colors and watching cartoons, but a long life of school. No more magic milk and tooth fairy. No more playing princess. No more PB&J, no more 24/7 attention, and no more playgrounds. No more flying on the swing feeling untouchable and that nothing could go wrong. Now my daddy says I’m too big for piggy back rides and too old for crying. I am still like a little kid on the inside, making my way through the world. I still have fun, but, unlike toddlers, I have to focus. I know left and right, and how to multiply and divide, but I am still young, and I live a good life.
By Linleigh, 5th grade
[photo by tlrey via flickr]