You know you're getting older when...wait, what was I saying? Okay, I jest. Being forgetful is only a small part of the aging thing. What I notice more is the tendency to reminisce about "way back when." Life seemed simpler. Suppose that's because it was. It doesn't matter what year you were born. Being a kid in general is easy-peazy-lemon-squeezy compared to the land of the adult. Eek! What a scary place that can be! Still...with the technology boom I can't help but wonder if the youth-of-current have it harder or easier than I did. When I was a little kid we didn't have the internet. Okay, there I said it. Wow, that makes me sound so ancient :) We played outside, such medieval games as: jump rope, hopscotch, kick ball, and things that required using more of our bodies than just our fingers or thumbs. We didn't have to worry about some anonymous chatroom perv. But we did have to learn how to operate a pogo stick without ending up with a chin full of stitches. I suppose danger is as danger does.
On the upside, the children of today seem smarter, older than their years. Yet, I can't help but wonder if that's really such a good thing. Couldn't we slow it down, if only for the time being? Believe me, life catches up really fast. Oh, there I go, sounding o-l-d again. Oh hell, not me! I'm going kicking and screaming. Like Peter Pan tempting Wendy. "Come with me," he said, "where you'll never, never have to worry about grown up things again." But Wendy was right when she replied, "Never is an awfully long time."
Let's play while we can. And even while we can't. Let's always recall how it was to be a kid even if we aren't kids anymore. Hang with me here at the Hook and we'll have fun till we drop. And speaking of which, we have us another winner! Congrats to Emily for being chosen at random to receive a signed copy of WISHLESS. Don't forget there's lots of winning still to come. You are all sooo sweet and kind to be here. Hugs to each of you! Stay tuned. Stay young at heart.