Why can't we stay children forever? I don't understand why people choose to go through this shift in their lives when they grow older. I don't understand how it happens and I'm still confused as to when it happens. I'm the first to admit that I find it irritating when a child is screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs because they didn't receive what they felt they deserved. But, why do we have to lose all of that childhood innocence. When did imagination become something that only children are aloud to have? When did it become uncouth for a grown-up to swing or to slide down a slide? Why does society insist that we give that up when we reach a certain age? When is that age? I was fortunante to grow up in a home where I wasn't hindered in this way. I was allowed to express my imagination in whatever form it came. Well, I wasn't allowed to draw on the walls but I got away with it when my parents couldn't find where I was drawing...anyway! Now that I'm not living with them, married, and soon to start my own family, it seems that people are nonverbally telling me that I need to grow up. I know that certain aspects of my life could use a good scrub down but what about others? Do I really need to change my imagination now that I'm going to be a dad? You'd think that it would be even more crucial for me to maintain such an amazing imagination for my children. When my children come to me with a drawing of the family and all they drew were squiggles I want to be able to see my family in that drawing not a bunch of squiggles. I want to always be able to wish on stars with my daughter having the hope that one day my wish will come true. I want to paint the walls in my house all sorts of colours just to see how the sun reflects off of every wall differently. Why do people insist that I give these up now that I'm "a grown up". Simply because I'm now going to have children to take care of doesn't mean that I have to stop living. It doesn't mean that I have to stop flying. It means that I have to start teaching my children that they too have the ability to fly!