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Grow Up!

I guess it’s time to grow up,

Someone should have told me it was hard.

I guess it’s time to clean up,

All these childish things I must discard.

Responsibility was something for future me,

Didn’t realise I was already him.

Suspending disbelief to quell maturity,

Because part of me knew reality would be grim.

Kinda difficult to suddenly come of age,

But it’s long overdue.

Yes, I guess I’m already at that stage,

To tell childhood, “I’m through.”



About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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  1. This is kind of bittersweet. I still don’t want to grow up…

    • I also don’t want to grow up but hey, that’s life. Also, you’re right on that journey of growing up, all independent and everything now. So proud of you Rache! How’s it all going so far?

      • It is life. And being an adult does have its perks.
        I wouldn’t go as far to say “independent.” I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if I wasn’t still living with my parents, lol. But it’s going well. It’s so nice to wake up and work for myself and do what I want to do.

      • Haha okay fair enough about the independence. And the perks of adulthood. Glad it’s going well. I wish I could wake up and work for myself the same way. Maybe one day.

      • This may not even work out for me. I’m working hard, but trying not to get my hopes up.
        Still, you’ll get there one day. 🙂

      • Thank you. What you’re doing is not easy but that doesn’t mean it’s not impossible. I can only encourage you to give it your all as I know you will. All the best Rache

      • This is true. Thanks. 🙂

  2. When either of you make the decision to grow up, please don’t lose that youthful joy and spirit that comes out in your writings. I recently had to talk to an eight year old about becoming a serious person sometimes and not being a silly baby when it came to behaving in school and doing some chores and things he didn’t want to do. It was hard for me because he took it to heart and is trying so hard. Wonder where parents/grandparents/mentors should draw the line to help kids mature but not stifle their wonderful creativity and delightful cuteness and silliness. Sigh…

    • We’ll be sure to not lose our youthful spirit and creativity Rae, don’t worry 🙂

      As for where to draw the line, it’s very difficult to say. I guess the child must be taught about responsibility and choice and consequence. It’s okay to be silly but not let it define them or be all they do.


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