Growing Down

Why don’t we try Growing Down?

Growing up we were always told, “Grow up!”

This beautiful poem called “Growing Down” by American poet Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) has a few ideas for grown-ups aspiring to grow down.

“…

One day we said to Grow-Up Brown,

Hey, why don’t you try growing down?

Why don’t you crawl on your knees?

Why don’t you try climbing trees?

Why don’t you bang on a tin-can drum?

Why don’t you chew some bubble gum?

Why don’t you play kick-the-can?

Why don’t you not wash your hands?

Why don’t you join the baseball team?

Why don’t you yell and jump and scream?

Why don’t you try skipping stones?

Why don’t you eat ice cream cones?

Why don’t you cry when you feel sad?

Why don’t you cuddle with your dad?

Why don’t you have weenie roasts?

Why don’t you believe in ghosts?

Why don’t you have pillow fights?

Why don’t you sleep with your teddy at night?

Why don’t you swing from monkey bars?

Why don’t you wish on falling stars?

Why don’t you run in three-legged races?

Why don’t you make weirdie faces?

Why don’t you smile, Grow-Up Brown?

Why don’t you try growing down?

Looks like we have new opportunities for growth.

Image credits: My (fav) potted creepers

#growth #wellness #inspiration #weekendgoals

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