Adults always say,
“You’ll understand, someday.”
Well lately I’ve come to see,
That some adults are less mature than me.
“Kids!” they say with a scorn,
“I was doing this before you were born!”
Well that may be true when it comes to play,
But they can’t help us get through the day.
They say they know so much more
They haven’t seen hell at its core.
Adults from yesterday can’t help kids today.
Because they are kids themselves, in a way.
I wrote this when I was a teenager. I didn’t think adults would ever realize how different high school was for me, compared to their experience. I was surprised when a couple of women in their 50s told me in person that they thought children in high school, and even in grade school, were dealing with vastly different issues than they did. Since I have had my son I have heard many older adults and leaders, finally admit that the issues children and teens face today are more complex than what they faced.