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This Week with The Chicowitz — March 27, 2017

I Want to be Six Again

[Editor’s note. Hershel is on spring break. A BBHQ visitor sent us this essay. We don’t know who wrote it. But it sure captures our sentiments well.]

To Whom It May Concern:

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult so that I may accept the responsibilities of a 6 year-old. The tax base is lower.

I want to be six again.

I want to go to McDonald’s and think it’s the best place in the world to eat. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make waves with rocks. I want to think M&Ms are better than money, because you can eat them. I want to play kickball during recess and stay up on Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa and Rudolph on the roof.

I want everyone to cheerfully say “Merry Christmas” every December. I want to hear Christmas songs in the malls, and see the nativity scene on the town square. I want to go Christmas-caroling with my friends, and come home to hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

I want to go to the Happiest Place on Earth and not care about the cost, the crowds, or the political correctness that has cruelly infected the Magic Kingdom.

I long for the days when life was simple – when all you knew were your colors, the addition tables and simple nursery rhymes, but it didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know, and you didn’t care.

I want to go to school and have snack time, recess, gym and field trips. I want to be happy, because I don’t know what should make me upset. I want to think the world is fair and everyone in it is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want my mom to be home when I leave to catch the school bus in the morning, and to be there when I get home in the afternoon.

I want dad to help me with my homework at night.

I want to be six again.

I want to think that everyone, including me, will live forever, because I don’t know understand death. I want to be oblivious to the complexity of life and overly excited by the little things again. I want television to be something I watch for fun, not a blaring box that requires warning labels or ratings.

I want to live knowing the little things that I find exciting will always make me as happy as when I first learned them.

I want to be six again.

I remember not seeing the world as a whole, but rather being aware of only the things that directly concerned me. I want to be naive enough to think that if I’m happy, so is everyone else. I want to walk down the beach and think only of the sand beneath my feet and the possibility of finding that blue piece of sea glass I’m looking for. I want to spend my afternoons climbing trees and riding my bike, letting the grownups worry about time, the dentist, and how to find the money to fix the old car.

I want to wonder what I’ll do when I grow up and what I’ll be, who I’ll be and not worry about what I’ll do if this doesn’t work out. I want that time back. I want to use it now as an escape, so that when my computer crashes, or I have a mountain of paperwork, or two depressed friends, or a fight with my spouse, or bittersweet memories of times gone by, or second thoughts about so many things, I can travel back and build a snowman, without thinking about anything except whether the snow sticks together and what I can possibly use for the snowman’s mouth.

I want to be six again.

A BBHQ Pop Quiz: Oh, if you’re a boomer, you have to know this one:
    If you see me walking down the street,
    and I start to cry, each time we meet;

Your final answer is....

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