My Resignation

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
December 30, 2000

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an eight-year-old again.

I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four-star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with rocks.

I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.

I want to run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer’s day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple, when all you knew were colors, multiplication tables and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care.All you knew was to be happy, because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.

I want to believe that anything is possible. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simply again. I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive when there are more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, mankind and making angels in the snow.

I want to play with my pets and my days of imagination to last forever.

So here are my checkbook and my car keys, my credit card bills and my 401(k) statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood.

And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first because,”Tag! You’re it!”

by Author Unknown
  1. Norma Mercurio said:

    And to think, when we were kids, we couldn’t wait to grow up! 😍


  2. Wait, M&M’s aren’t better than money? I don’t understand…Great post.


  3. Based on this list, I am already about halfway there. And I am eating an M&M as I type this.


  4. Eileen said:

    At 77, I am rediscovering some of those wonderful childhood gifts. Not all, but some rather nice ones. A somewhat rare perk of old age to be treasured.


  5. Love this! I think we need a giant game of cyber tag. Oh… TAG! You’re it.


  6. Reblogged this on Jean Brunson and commented:
    With a new year upon us, we adults still have to got to work, pay the bills, and take care of the family, but do yourself a favor, stop for a while a play with a child. It will do you and the child a world of good.


  7. I am sure we all feel this way at one time or another. Thanks for making me smile and remember what is important.


  8. Would love to be relieved of the stress and challenges we face as adults. This reminded me of my carefree childhood where the most important thing was making sure you were on time to play a street-long game of hide-and-seek on a summer evening. Thanks for the post.


  9. JennG said:

    If only…to go back to the days where Saturdays began at 7am and finished at bed time and everything in between was up to us and our imaginations not computer games and text messages….ahh…the life!


  10. Hi. Just discovered your blog, and what a delightful introduction this post is. I’ve noticed that during the years when I’ve had the most serious stress and traumatic experiences, I find myself going back in thought to those years of my life that fell between the ages of 2 and 19. I wondered why I kept going back to that time for relief and comfort. But then I realized that it was those years when I was so cocooned in the love and protection of my parents and my family as a whole that I had no reason to worry or be afraid — or to have to carry the burdens of life on my own. I am enormously grateful for two parents who devoted their lives to making those years possible for me and my sister. Those experiences keep me going strong in the often troubled and ugly world of today. Thanks for sharing this. I just may commit it to memory and repeat it often throughout this coming year.

    Happy New Year!


  11. RenataB said:

    love love LOVE this post! I’m right there with you! If it’s alright with you, I would love to repost this on my blog.


  12. Great post. Thanks for sharing out loud what we all are thinking inside


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