Out of nowhere a voice said:
"Wow, this is the first full decade I've lived! I feel old."
So, you feel old? How old are you 15 or 16?
"16! In like two years, I am going to become a man... I worry. I dont want to grow up! I worry that I would do something wrong!"
The bell rings. All the children leave the classroom. I feel the urgency to speak to this child in private...Come over here. Why are yo so worry to grow up? Is there anything wrong with you or your family?
"Because, I would have to take care of my parents and my little brother. My dad doesn't have a pension, or anything like that. I know he does not have any money saved. I have to go to college. It"s expensive. And, my mom is disable."
I felt my heart dropped to my knees. He is the older brother. I can relate to the feeling of having to take care of the family. We older children think that it is our responsibility to take care of everyone in the family.
So, where do you want to go to school?
"Queens College and then NYU."
That's great! The best way for you to ensure the future of your family is by going to school.
"I know! but I worry. What about if something happens to me, who is going to take care of them? I am all they have."