I thought about the present moment. On this first day of spring in my fourth-grade year of elementary school, I would never be younger than I am right now.
A friend had recently called me in a panic to voice her concerns about the near future. I answered my ringing phone and spoke through the confines of a smile. “Hey, what’s up?” “I don’t want to grow up.” I felt a slightly irrational sense of fear creep up from the other end of the [...]