Day 22 of 100 Days of Blogging, The Moment I Became a “Grown-Up”

Welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Self-Reflection category, and the card says “Describe the moment you became a ‘grown-up’.”

Another interesting question from the deck, and one that makes one reflect on what it means to be a grown-up. Because the older I get, the less it seems like I’m actually a full-fledged adult.

I remember when it hit me that people assumed I was a responsible adult though. I was 19 years old and working in the Rec Field of my then church’s Vacation Bible School, and I was in charge of one of the inflatable water slides that we had set up on the field. I looked over at the slide and saw a sign attached to the slide that said “Adult Supervision Required”. I looked at the uniform that I was wearing that identified me as an adult member of the Rec Team an realized that I was the adult supervision. Which astonished me that anyone would consider me to be a responsible adult who was supposed to keep people safe.

That was really the first instance that I was hit with the realization that society considered me a responsible adult. Not voting, not having to sign up for the Selective Service, nothing like that. It was a church vacation bible school where I was put in charge of making sure people went down a slide safely.

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