This is nothing new. When I first went away to college, I thought it'd be great--no bedtimes, no curfews, nobody telling me I have to wear matching socks (or getting annoyed when I don't). Like most people probably do, I did all the things I'd always wanted to do that Mommy had always prevented. These things did not include drinking, drugs, and sex, like my mom always suggested. (Of course, all teenagers want to fuck the Devil and get high on Clorox as soon as they're out of their parents' houses.) So I didn't gravitate to the usual rebellion activities. I just did the things I wanted to do: Staying up all night just so I could watch Animaniacs really early in the morning, sitting on the refrigerator to eat, and wearing my hair in a couple dozen braids instead of a neat ponytail. But the point is not how hip I thought I was; it was that this phenomenon DID NOT FADE. I have been an adult on my own for many years now, and I am still eating ice cream for breakfast just because I CAN. Doing that licking-the-bowl jumping-on-the-bed making-a-mess-with-crayons-and-glue thing. And I'm not sure, but I think Mommy may actually be beginning to accept that this really turned out to be me and not a phase. Scary. I didn't grow out of it like everyone predicted.
Yeah, so some people keep telling me that I should stop hanging onto "the past," being all childish, get a real job and try to get married, because that's what grown-ups do. But their problem is that they arbitrarily expect me to want "adult things" just because of how long I've been breathing. Funny how they tell you all your life "if everybody was jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?" and then they expect you to do just that just because when you hit early twenties you're "supposed" to jump into a dead-end job and become part of the ridiculous machine. But they can screw themselves, because ice cream is just too damn good in the morning.
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Comments from others:
Pixelfish: I LOVE this essay. Yeah, as Mikey said, power to you! It's got such a great point.
reeny: As someone who also delights in and is about to have some icecream for breakfast also, here is a suggestion: Your cliques page, what about a clique for those who don't think it's weird to eat icecream for breakfast? ;)
Just a thought!
Synesthesia: Mmm ice cream for breakfast
Now I want some
or the more adult gellato or possibly some chocolate mousse.
I have been known to eat cake for breakfast and to be very happy about this despite
how unhealthy it is.
I now want chocolate ice cream with a hot dark chocolate brownie with homemade hot fudge and whipped cream.
Isaac Blouin: This is an excellent point. I am the type of person who want to do something unusual JUST BECAUSE I WANT TO, and I probably will not grow out of it either. Lucky for me I don't like drugs and alcohol.