At a local grocery store they offer free cookies to kids.
The peeling sign plastered on the glass pastry case reads
“Hey Kids! Have a FREE cookie!”
with a blonde cartoon girl smiling
as she enjoys her cherry chip cookie.
They used to have cherry chip and chocolate chip,
but now they’ve just got plain old sugar.
I know because I’ve been eating these cookies since I was four years old.
I always told myself there would be a day when I would stop eating them.
“I won’t eat them anymore once I’m…
In double digits! (10)
A teenager! (13)
Allowed to drive! (16)
Officially not a kid anymore! (18)
I’ve grown up in so many ways.
I’ve traveled to other countries alone
when I used to get homesick at sleepovers.
I’ve finished my first year of college
1,500 miles away from my parents.
I’ve challenged myself to try new things
when I used to be afraid of failure.
And at 19 years old,
I’ve finally stopped eating the free kids grocery store cookies.