Growing up sucks. When you're a kid, you want to be treated like an adult. But when you're an adult, saddled with bills and rent and responsibilities, all you want is to be a kid again. Luckily, there are still so many kid things that we can shamelessly enjoy as adults.
Sad grownups recently took to Twitter to share all those kid things they still enjoy. You might want to make a list to get some fun back into your life.
Watching cartoons while eating sugary cereal is the best way to spend a Saturday morning. Even though I sadly cannot handle as much sugar as I once could in my youth, I would stick it out for a bowl of those tangy loops.
Asking parents for money
In this economy? This is a childhood tradition that will never die. We might not stop asking our parents for money once we grow up, but the amount we feel bad about having to do it grows at an exponential rate, so that's something.
Meeting characters at Disneyland
As a little kid, I was super shy and hated the idea of approaching a person in an oversized animal costume at Disney. I didn't want to do it. And you know what? As an adult, that hasn't changed. They make me uncomfortable. If I have kids someday that want to say hi to Mickey, I'm going to have to overcome a lot of stuff.
Playing on jungle gyms
Honestly, if "going to the gym" meant going to an adult-sized jungle gym where I could swing on swings, do monkey bars, and slide down slides, I would go to the gym all the time. Did I just come up with a million dollar idea? I think I have to go patent this.
Birthday cards with money in them
The older I get, the more I love a birthday present that's just cold, hard cash. Believe me, that was great when we were kids. I would put that $20 in my Velcro wallet and save it for a toy I wanted. But now, that moolah goes straight into my savings account, baby!
Jumping in rain puddles
Let me tell you a secret. My family and I have a tradition of going mini golfing in the rain, and it's the best thing. It started when I was a kid, but the most recent time we did it was last year. If you think I wasn't losing my mind giggling as I was soaked to the bone trying to hit a golf ball into a tiny pirate ship, you'd be mistaken. Playing in the rain is one of the best things you can do.
Running after the ice cream truck
I'm not going to lie. I live in a neighborhood where occasionally, I hear an ice cream truck, and every single time I do, I contemplate running outside. I take stock of where my wallet is, if I have cash on me or not, and then I think about how ridiculous I will look waving a dollar and running down the street. That's the only thing that stops me.
Sorry, kickball is one of the worst games. I hated it as a kid, and I hate it now. The only reason to play kickball now is to hang out with friends and drink beer outside. But the actual game of kickball is kind of the worst. Second only to dodgeball.
Spongebob Squarepants is one of the best shows ever made. Yeah, I said it. Animated series don't get the credit they deserve, but man, that is one good TV program. It's for kids, but it's so smart that I have no problem watching it as an adult.
What is a "reasonable" amount of whipped cream? I don't think that's an amount that exists. The only way to eat whipped cream is to eat too much of it. End of story.
I am not a good napper. I wish I was better, but that is not a skill I carried with me from childhood to adulthood. However, I am completely envious of grownups who can just put their heads down and sleep in the middle of the day. I want to acquire that skill.
Oh, my fiancé and I make pillow forts in our living room on the regular. It's one of the best things ever. Forts are fun when you're a kid, but chances are your fort-building skills are better now, so give it a try. You won't regret it.
Even though I haven't been to school in nearly a decade, I still lose it when back-to-school supply shopping happens. I have to go to Target and flip through all the notebooks and pick out my favorite pens. School supplies are the best. I would venture to say they're even better when you don't actually have to use them at school.
I get so tempted by every claw machine I see too, but they're such a scam so I try not to get sucked in! There's nothing like the satisfied feeling of grabbing onto an off-brand stuffed animal that you don't even really want, though.
Raw eggs! Raw eggs! No thank you! I was never one to lick cake batter off the spoon or eat raw cookie dough from the bowl. It's dangerous! And honestly, it's also gross! I don't think it tastes good until it's cooked! Please stop doing this!
Playing with frogs
I had the privilege of attending an outdoor dinner at a winery a little while ago. There were fancy tables for a multiple course meal set up outside in the vineyard. It was fancy and lovely, but when I tell you that I was one of so many adults who left their tables to go play with the frogs that were hopping all over the property, I am not lying. We couldn't get enough of them.
I'm sorry, this person is insane. Only sociopaths enjoy being tickled. As a kid, being tickled is kind of funny... sometimes. But as an adult, it just feels like a weird, embarrassing loss of control. This one is a big no thank you from me.
I still dream about having a treehouse someday. And not one of those fancy treehouse hotels that you can stay in. I want a little clapboard house up on a tree bough in my backyard that I can escape to with a book and a mug of hot chocolate when I need some me time. That's the dream.
Adult coloring books are totally a thing now, and I have a couple of them. But I have to admit something. I still prefer kid coloring books to adult ones. The sections in the adult books are way too small and they require way too much concentration. Kid coloring books are where it's at.
Popping bubble wrap
I do pottery, and sometimes, I mail my creations to people who ask for them. This means I have a giant roll of bubble wrap in my apartment at all times. It takes every bone in my body not to sit there and pop it for hours on end. No matter how old you are, it's extremely satisfying.