> 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 'cause 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 long for the days when life was simple, when all you knew were your > colors, > some of 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. > > Sometime, while I was maturing, I learned too much. > I learned of nuclear weapons, starving and abused kids, and unhappy > marriages. > I want to be six again. > > I want to think that everyone, including myself, will live forever because > I > don't know the concept of death. > I want to be oblivious to the complexity of life, and be overly excited by > the > little things again. > I want television to be something I watch for fun, not something I use for > escape from the things I should be doing. > I want to live knowing the little things 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 > car. > I want to wonder what I'll do when I grow up, not worry 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 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.