Generation 5; Chapter 20

Today’s the big day.

"So, kiddo, you ready to age up yet?  You'd better get out there!  Those candles aren't gonna blow themselves out!"
“So, kiddo, you ready to age up yet? You’d better get out there! Those candles aren’t gonna blow out themselves!”
"Plum off.  I'll get around to it."
“I’ll get around to it.”

I don’t get the big rush to grow up.  I don’t have a job I’m dying to start.  I don’t have someone I want to marry.  I’m enjoying things just as they are right now.06-08-15_12-46 AM-2I suppose your first birthday isn’t such a big deal; it’s not like you can do much in that bassinet anyway.  But after that…  I’m more of a live-in-the-moment type of person, I don’t want to rush into the future.06-08-15_12-54 AMTime catches up with everyone eventually, so I guess having friends and family around when the time comes is better than not.  Still, I don’t see why everyone thinks it’s such a “celebration.” 06-08-15_12-54 AM-3Like, really, what are we “celebrating”?  I know that technically it’s a celebration of our birth and all, but it feels more like a reminder that we’re just getting older — just getting closer to dying.  06-08-15_12-55 AMDon’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about getting older.  Each life stage has its perks; I just wish they’d last a little longer.06-08-15_12-56 AMMaybe I’m feeling extra sensitive about this particular birthday.  I’ve always been taken care of; my parents have always taken care of me.  Mom, Dad, even Uncle Franz — they aren’t going to be around forever.  Now, I have to take care of myself.

"Okay, everyone, I'm gonna do it!"
“Okay, everyone, I’m gonna do it!”

Well, I can’t just not age up.  It’s now or now.  Like I said, I prefer to live in the moment, so even though I’m a little hesitant and a lot anxious, I’m trying to enjoy it.06-08-15_12-59 AMSpinning, swirling, sparkling…06-08-15_12-59 AM-3This isn’t so bad.  I don’t feel too different.  Okay, enough about me!  We’ve got another birthday to celebrate!


"I really hope I don't hate you once you age up..."
“I really hope I don’t hate you once you age up…”
"Okay, here we go.  Sparkle into childhood!"
“Okay, here we go. Sparkle into childhood!”

06-08-15_1-02 AMMore spinning, swirling, and sparkling…

"I'm here, world!"
“I’m here, world!”
"They can't even see me.  Hehehe."
“I wonder if they can see me. Hehehe.”
"Woah woah woah."
“How’s childhood going for you so far?  You look a little…frazzled.”
“Woah woah woah.  This house is big.  I’m gonna get lost for sure.”
“You should’ve seen the third house your mom had built.  It literally had a maze.”
“A what?!”
"See all of this?  The house, the land around it?  It's been in our family for generations." "Generations?  What's generations?"
“See all of this? The house, the land around it? It’s been in our family for generations.”
“Generations? What’s generations?”
“It means your great-great-great-grandma lived here, and your great-great-grandpa after her, and your great-grandma after him, and now you, your mom and dad, and your grandpa and I all live here together! We’re a legacy family.”
"That sounds cool!  Does that mean I get to live here forever too?" "That's exactly what it  means."
“That sounds cool! Does that mean I get to live here forever too?”
“That’s exactly what it means.”
"I'm gonna like it here."
“I think I like it here.”
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