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“I’m Sorry” Was Mandatory

It’s a little gloomy outside, but it’s still beautiful 

It’s windy and overcast, but weeds are still sprout and I find myself longing to rip up every dandelion and wish to take a trip back to an early 2000’s summer with a swift exhale 

I want to be single digit age without a single care in the world

I want to be rolling down the hilly, hole ridden lot across the street from the 2nd move of our fresh start after leaving my father single digit years ago

I want to be playing pretend in some silly, always original game that my siblings and I concocted, in an antecedent time of my siblings deciding that they can live without me- instead of pretending like I’m alright with the feeling of being only a half step above disposable to them

And, you know, I wish that I was just feeling sorry for myself, but the truth hurts like those scraped knees when we’d wipe out on our shared pink Razor scooter and the bikes that my ma won in a contest one Christmas 

I’d like, for a summer, to go back to my older sis deciding on a whim to go bike riding in the too-long Arrowhead Lake trail or my younger sis and I randomly going to the parks in town, walking everywhere, because we couldn’t sit still. For hours on end. Back before I stole a cigarette at 16 “just to try” and got addicted at 17, and 3 years later not having stopped since

Back when I was told that drinking too much pop is bad for me, before my first drink at 15 on the way back down south from an annual visit to Chicago, and before I got drunk for the first time on the floor of a shared hotel room on the day of my dad’s wedding, with my ex best friend pouring the shots and my family all asleep just one bed over, oblivious 

I want those dozen weeks to live in the comfort of a time when saying” I’m sorry” for hurting each other’s feelings was mandatory and I knew what I did wrong
But I should’ve predicted,or at least, expected that adulthood would be something along these lines, considering that my younger sis used to walk up and hit me just so I’d hit her back and she could get me in trouble. And now, it’s just emotional blows out of nowhere, and I haven’t hit back in years. Yet I still have to ignore her remarks like she inexplicably ignores me.

I want sit down family dinners of home cooked meals, but now I swear that we’re all just roommates who live off of fast food and gas station sandwiches

I want back the fights, because at least they acted like I exist, and storming out to walk the familiar streets. But we’ve been in the 5th house since our fresh start and all that I go on are repetitive route drives that I’m so sick of. I could live here another 4 years, god forbid, and still never have this town figured out up and down 

Give me only 3ft of hallway to my sister’s room, only separated by one dilapidating accordion door and a doorway of flower shaped plastic beads

Before I knew that there was a word for my darkness, before my void and sadness had a name.

~ Megan

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The Privileged Kids

I used to envy the privileged kids; the ones who had everything that they needed and then some

The kids who really couldn’t speak too many bad things about their childhood

But I have learned so much from my unfortunate one that envy isn’t even a serious thought

Because I know that if I wrote a novel about my hardships, it would be quoted by the broken ones who needed those words for an epiphany

And not to say that those privileged kids are any less interesting to the world

But sadly, they just have no appeal to a person like me

~Megan

Kids These Days

Do kids these days even have a childhood?

When we were young, we couldn’t wait to grow up, and now, we don’t know what the hell we were thinking

But we still let the street lights tell us when it was time to go home

And pretend that jungle gyms were castles

We kicked around in the mud and splashed around in puddles

We woke up early for morning cartoons and played on Paint on the computer

We called each other or showed up at someone’s house to ask if they would come outside to play

Our parents had to practically force us inside

But now, you can drive along the street and rarely see a child on the sidewalks unless their in a group full of kids in crop tops and high-waisted shorts or sagging pants with their phones fused to their hands

They don’t call teenagers “the big kids” because as far as they’re concerned, they’re on the same level

When I rode the bus once in my senior year of high school, if the kids actions weren’t enough, their words were nauseating, vulgar, they had no boundaries and I just sat in awe

I see them flipping cameras off and sneaking out windows

And I don’t recall even attempting that until the summer that I turned 16

And I just can’t help to be terrified at even entertaining the idea of having a child in this shit rid society

 

~Megan