I am not an adult. I am not a puppet either
Nor is my mind a blank slate to be written upon
I do have thoughts and views you know
Just because you do not understand them,
Or I do not discuss them
Does not make them irrelevant
I wish I was allowed to learn freely about
All the wonderful things in the world around me.
I wish I had the opportunity to explore
Everything that seems interesting
I wish I were not treated as an inferior being with lower intelligence
Many a time I am shown something from afar
And told to watch others working with it
Do they think I cannot do the same without hurting it?
Or do they think it is not necessary for me to
Many a time I am asked to repeat after adults
The same thing over and over again
Did they even realise that my fertile mind
Had already strayed to something exciting I saw
Why show me things which I cannot explore , understand or relate to?
I am not a smaller sized adult with the same abilities on a lower scale.
I am my own person with my own opinions on all I see and do
All I am asking for is opportunities to learn
Tools that I can work with to become better
I want to be as competent as you
Who seem so smart and independent
Please do not do everything for me
Please do not try and make my life so easy
That will really reduce my confidence
And my chances to excel in whatever I do.