You're Officially a Grown-up: The Graduate's Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness, and Personal Hygiene

You're Officially a Grown-up: The Graduate's Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness, and Personal Hygiene

by Judith Viorst, Robin Preiss Glasser, Viorst
     
 

The perfect graduation gift: a wry look at the pleasures and anxieties of leaving home, penned with Judith Viorst's trademark blend of insight and humor.

Millions of young people grew up with Viorst's bestselling children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Now they can take her tongue-in-cheek advice for the next

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The perfect graduation gift: a wry look at the pleasures and anxieties of leaving home, penned with Judith Viorst's trademark blend of insight and humor.

Millions of young people grew up with Viorst's bestselling children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Now they can take her tongue-in-cheek advice for the next stage in their lives. Warm, funny, compassionate, and reassuring, You're Officially a Grown-Up describes — in verse and illustrations — all those terrifying but eagerly anticipated freedoms that go hand in hand with venturing out on your own and trying to make your way in the world.

Ranging from the quandaries of giving up room, board, and the keys to the Ford to the thrills of playing by your own rules, Viorst will touch a nostalgic chord in those "official" grown-ups who have loved her other books about life's milestones. This special keepsake — written from a loving parent's perspective — is just the ticket high school and college graduates need for a one-way passage to adulthood.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684853420
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.50(d)

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You're Officially A Grown-Up

You're going.

You're leaving.

You're out on your own.

If your buttons fall off And you must have them sewn, You must sew them yourself.

You're officially a grown-up.

You'll balance your checkbook, Remember to vote.

You will write your Aunt Frances A prompt thank-you note, And take out the garbage And sweep up inside --

Or not. From now on It is you who'll decide What you will and won't do.

You're officially a grown-up, Which means you can sleep On the same grubby sheet From September to June, Eat whatever you eat Without someone saying,

"You call that a meal?"

(Or, if you don't eat, Asking, "How do you feel?"

As if you are catching Some fatal disease).

You can do as you please.

You're officially a grown-up.

You can do as you please, but please keep in mind That if you don't water your daisies you'll find That you're likely to wind up with a lot of dead flowers.

You can do as you please, but please be aware That people who don't change their underwear May be lonelier people than those who take regular showers.

You can stay up all night.

You can snooze the whole day As long as you've figured out How you will pay For the stuff that you need.

You're officially a grown-up.

You can hang by your toe Off a ninety-foot drop, Because nobody's standing there Hollering, "Stop!"

And you needn't show up, And you needn't call in, Because nobody's wondering Where you have been.

(Don't they care where you've been?)

You're officially a grown-up, Which means you should have All the answers. (You won't.)

And always know what You are doing. (You don't.)

And never behave like A wimp or an ass.

(Youwill, but the shame Does eventually pass.)

Are you worried? Confused?

You're officially a grown-up.

And you're going.

You're leaving...

Or maybe you'll stay One more week, one more month, Or perhaps till next May.

What's the rush? Just because You're officially a grown-up?

Yes, what is the rush?

You've got room, you've got board, And no charge for the phone, And the keys to the Ford, A deck you can tan on, A big-screen TV, And that soft teddy bear You have owned since age three.

(But you aren't age three.

You're officially a grown-up), Which means that although It is scary outside, You're ready to muster Your courage and pride, To hold up your head, Boldly stick out your chin, And -- fall fiat on your face And come up with a grin, Determined and dauntless

(And shaky, you say?

You'll move on, anyway).

You're officially a grown-up.

And no matter how shrewdly your plans are made, It sometimes will rain on your parade, And you'll have to slog through the rain, Though you hadn't planned to.

And adorable creature though you may be, You won't be everyone's cup of tea, For not everyone you meet is going to Love you, Or like you, Or want to understand you.

Still, you're going.

You're leaving.

You're ready to take On your future.

This could be a major mistake.

So you'll make a mistake.

You're officially a grown-up.

You'll try on this hat.

And you'll try on that role.

And you'll learn what you can And can never control.

You'll bail yourself out If you get in a jam.

You'll, when asked who's in charge Of your life, say, "I am."

And you are. Yes, you are.

You're officially a grown-up, Which means you can still Call for help when you're stuck.

You can count on good friends.

You can hope for good luck.

And you might cross your fingers.

You might say a prayer.

But it's you -- mostly you --

Who will get yourself where You'll, sooner or later, decide That you're trying to get.

Will you get there? You bet!

You're officially a grown-up.



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Meet the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children's picture books, adult fiction and non-fiction, poetry for children and adults, and three musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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