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Camp Anawana (An Ode to 20-somethings’ Nostalgia)

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Camp Anawana (An Ode to 20-somethings’ Nostalgia)

Sometimes I can't believe it
It all happened so fast
Real life is truly here
Just who is that looking at me in the mirror?
How come these bills are addressed to my name?
It's like I went to sleep and woke up
And I'm all grown up

Sometimes I miss the days
When your crush had cooties, not STDs
And afternoons were spent climbing trees
And it's hard to grasp our age
Who's that man calling you "his wife"?
How come that little girl just called you Dad?
It's like I went to sleep and woke up
And we're all grown up

Sometimes the kids today
Make me feel so old when they say
They've never heard of Kurt Cobain
But I know that we're better
Cause we could fix our Nintendo in just one blow
And we all figured this out sans Twitter
It's like I went to sleep and woke up
And I'm all grown up

I remember the stupid things
Pogs and Goosebump books
Playlists were mixtapes on cassettes
And Friday nights meant TGIF on ABC
Nickelodeon was our only obsession
Friend requests were made in person
And they still showed music videos on MTV
It's like I went to sleep and woke up
And it's a different world - Nothing's the same
Cause we're all grown up

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  1. Date: 10/14/2009 9:03:00 AM
    Hey Shannon, Very good poem, well written-excellent flow and no truer words said! I try to tell my 17 year old to slow down and little and don't be in such a hurry. Yes, we're all grown up! Thank you for sharing this with us! Peace, audrey

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 7:31:00 AM
    It gives me great pleasure to be able to read your poetry today Shannon. As we never know what tomorrow will bring. I thank you for sharing your writing with us today. Love, Carol