Make Something: Wannabe


Today’s make something prompt is this:

If you could do or be anything in the world, what would it be? Make something as if you were actually doing or being it.

I described this challenge to my nine-year-old daughter. Without hesitation, she shot back that I should draw a picture where she and her sister are grown up, and I’m a small child.

I guess maybe, just a time or two, I’ve mentioned that I’d like to be a kid again. Free of responsibility. Able to rely on someone else to handle the big stuff, while I sit pretzel-style and draw pictures, sing songs, and daydream.

Sometimes I do long to be a kid again.

So tonight at dinner, I asked my husband and all six of our kids to contribute to two lists:

  1. Things adults have to make, which really aren’t a concern for young people
  2. Things kids get to make, which become less acceptable when you’re an adult

My intent was to write a poem based on these ideas. But you know what?

I don’t wanna.

For today, we made these lists, and that’s enough. For the rest of the evening, I’m going to go sit pretzel-style on the couch. I might invite my imaginary friend to join me, so we can make weird noises with our armpits, cut paper dolls, and leave a big mess for someone else to clean up tomorrow.

Adults have to make …

  • Amends
  • Appointments
  • Budgets
  • Decisions
  • Dinner
  • Investments
  • Kids’ lunches
  • Long-range plans
  • Money
  • Mortgage payments
  • Parole
  • Purchases
  • Recommendations
  • Reservations
  • Retirement plans
  • Suggestions
  • Tax payments
  • Travel plans

Kids get to make …

  • Armpit farts
  • Blanket forts
  • Bubbles
  • Dandelion bouquets
  • E-Z bake cookies
  • Friends on the playground
  • Fun of people
  • Imaginary friends
  • Lego towers
  • Macaroni art
  • Messes
  • Mud pies
  • Noise
  • Paper airplanes
  • Paper dolls
  • Prank phone calls
  • Scenes
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Snow angels

Can you add to these lists? What did we miss?

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