The wisdom of seventh graders: What it means to be an adult


I didn’t participate in the reading of the seventh grade essays, but I did get some of the more entertaining sentences from that batch. As you may recall, the topic was to describe the qualities you consider to be those which make someone an adult. Students were given 90 minutes, plus one additional hour upon request, equipped only with paper and pencil.

Remember, these are just the funny sentences/excerpts. Do not assume that all students write like this.

Better get your butt in gear

  • Grown ups should have accomplished something great in order to be considered an adult.
  • Also, all adults in some small way contribute to the global economy.
  • One of the creepy qualities of adults is that they have an answer for everything.
  • There should be a test or classified training facility or something to prove you’re adult.
  • They could make a segment that tests your adultivity on the SATs.
  • Adults should not get drunk or drink juice or pop.
  • You can’t get all fat, you have to be resposible and exercise enough so you stay fit and inshape.
  • An adult never wines crys cheats and always is kind.

Let me tell you about my parents

  • My dad is so responsible, I think because he has so much responsibility he has to be responsible.
  • I almost feel as if my heart and my dad’s heart beat as one.
  • If we’re doing something dangerous and “stupid,” he will try and I repeat try to stop us.
  • A way he is healthy is that I know he brushes his teeth and does not smell like a pig.
  • My mom is an adult. She’s tall, a bit old, and fully grown.
  • Parents probably seem the most like adults because they have been around longer than you, but not long enough to make them senior citizens.
  • My mom is so responsible she will fix mistakes someone else did. NOW.

How’d they get that way?

  • Adults, What Are They?
  • Another way to tell that someone is an adult is that someone could be very old like if they sleep too much or if their hair was white and if they barely have any.
  • Adults are not only smarter but they are very boring too. They are always acting so adult-like in a way that is so boring to me, but apparently amusing to other adults like them.
  • College is where they learn to swear and smoke and drink. As adults I hope you will all outgrow all that trash.
  • It somehow occurred to me that once you hit a certain age you just stop getting embarrased.
  • An adult is mysterious or maybe even secret. You can’t tell what they are thinking in that developed brain of knowledge and thought.
  • Some adults are just so boring that you wonder if they can actually laugh.
  • Soon they are throwing their thoughts into the world like cerebral dynamite.

Assorted commentary

  • When I think of an adult, I think of really tall people who are married.
  • It’s not my fault we age so quickly.
  • If you are not an adult at 43 then I don’t know what you are.
  • Being an adult can be a very stressful way of living.
  • The person I see as being adult is M.C. Hammer.
  • My cousin respects me until his friends come over.

Misspelling corner. I’ve included more context; that may make the game a bit easier.

  • Adults have excellent manors.
  • If you aren’t responcable, then certin scenrios might happen.
  • Adults are often considered excepted members of society.
  • He doesn’t guess at things, he does the grounwork to get a more accurate answer or sulusion.
  • Shes coquered life shes had frivolious times and malignant dilemmas.
  • Just play it by year.
  • Teachers are dedinately very pioused adults.
  • I think a little bit of dissiplin isn’t bad for the soul.
  • … and when I am rushing down the court trite and sweaty…
  • He is also a over a cheaver.
  • You have to be a rolmatal for others.
  • That makes you look irrespunkabl.

And just to show that seventh graders are also capable of good writing:

  • Most people think that right when you turn 18 you are an adult but truly it’s one small step in a long hard journey.
Comments (20)
  1. Nathan_works says:

    Adults, What are they ? Sounds like one of those great, creative introductions.. Wonder if it followed through ?

    And I like the "try and I repeat try" .. hah.

  2. Fuzzy says:

    "cerebral dynamite"? That’s impressive.

    And some of us never outgrow that college trash :)

  3. DWalker59 says:

    Ah yes, I’m often rushing around trite and sweaty…

  4. Brian says:

    I would have given the "cerebral dynamite" kid an A just for using that phrase.

  5. Andrew says:

    Some of these kids will need to be shown what they wrote after they ‘grow up’!

  6. foodrecipes9 says:

    That was funny and refreshing to read for sure. These quotes go to show how kids are really still innocent and how they shouldn’t be taken so seriously all the time.

  7. Pretty amazing stuff! We need to return the favor by writing some stuff for them to read about what it means to be  a kid …

  8. Pretty amazing stuff! We need to return the favor by writing some stuff for them to read about what it means to be  a kid …

  9. oso says:

    Hi,

    My comment it’s totally off topic but couldn’t find another way to contact Raymond.

    In the post "psychic prediction for 2006" you made a "hashed prediction" and promised to reveal it by the end of that year. I couldn’t find any post with an answer.

    I read the post when it was first published and I’m still curious to see how your psychic powers worked :P

  10. Mike Dunn says:

    If I were a songwriter, I’d write a parody of "White & Nerdy" called "Trite & Sweaty"

  11. Steve C says:

    I had to comment just for "cerebral dynamite". That’s a vivid and very appropriate simile.

  12. Nawak says:

    Well, it seems that my psychic powers are not up to par with Raymond’s as they should have told me to verify your claim before posting…

    http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2006/12/29/1379914.aspx

  13. Aaargh! says:

    You can’t tell what they are thinking in that developed brain of knowledge and thought.

    NICE

  14. Nawak says:

    @oso: *My* psychic powers tell me that Raymond’s prediction ended up being false! :)

    Maybe Raymond is now a little bit embarrassed by his prediction, who knows :)

  15. Gwyn says:

    Thanks, now I have "You can’t touch this" running round in my head

  16. Eugene says:

    "There should be a test or classified training facility or something to prove you’re adult."

    I’m so for it. At least 37% of the self-proclaimed adults are going to fail according to my estimations.

    "My mom is so responsible she will fix mistakes someone else did. NOW."

    Ah, she’s clearly a programmer. She mush have inherited some bad code recently and the deadline is looming.

    "Adults have excellent manors."

    Lucky ones indeed do.

    "Adults are often considered excepted members of society."

    I refuse to join any society that would except me as member.

    "College is where they learn to swear and smoke and drink."

    There’s some deep real life knowledge in here. I failed Smoking 101 miserably though.

  17. peon says:

    "Cerebral dynamite" sounds completely awesome, please let the kid know he(/she?) has invented a great metaphor.

  18. Drak says:

    “pioused” might well be meant to be ‘biased’ instead of ‘poised’. Phonetically that seems to make more sense to me. Of course I have no idea what the kid was thinking he was saying with that sentence either way :)

    [I think you’re right. I’ve updated the gloss. -Raymond]
  19. Brian Tkatch says:

    Pearls of wisdom:

    An adult is mysterious or maybe even secret. You can’t tell what they are thinking in that developed brain of knowledge and thought.

    If has oft been noticed that children speak what is on their mind. In many cases, the expressed opinion of a child is worth much that that expressed by an adult.

    This kid has wisdom beyond his years.

    …or he has been held back for many, many years.

    Some adults are just so boring that you wonder if they can actually laugh.

    I agree with that sentiment.

    "My cousin respects me until his friends come over."

    Peer pressure happens to adults to. Befriend a child?!? But, he’s not even a person yet!!

  20. visualj says:

    All I thought about when I saw ‘cerebral dynamite’ was the fact that when some people try to use it, it blows up in their face.

    Not that it has ever happened to me…

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