It’s my birthday today. I’m 28, but I feel 18. I never wanna grow up!!

“What they don’t understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you’re eleven, you’re also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two and one. And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don’t. You open your eyes and everything’s just like yesterday, only it’s today. And you are—underneath the year that make you eleven.

“Like some days you might say something stupid, and that’s the part of you that’s still ten. Or maybe some days you might need to sit on your mama’s lap because you’re scared, and that’s the part of you that’s five. And maybe one day when you’re all grown up maybe you will need to cry like if you’re three, and that’s okay. That’s what I tell Mama when she’s sad and needs to cry. Maybe she’s feeling three.

Because the way you grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings inside a tree truck or like my little wooden dolls that fit one inside the other, each year inside the next one. That’s how being eleven years old is.” — Sandra Cisneros, “Eleven”

01. Dar Williams - “You’re Aging Well” (The Honesty Room)
02. Lara George - “Rest Of My Life” (Forever In My Heart)
03. The Flaming Lips - “Spongebob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy” (VOID)
04. Jordy - “Dur Dur D’Etre Bebe” (Pochette Surprise)
05. Camera Obscura - “Teenager” (Underachievers Please Try Harder)
06. Edgar Winter - “I’m Not a Kid Anymore” (Not a Kid Anymore)
07. John Mayer - “83” (Any Given Thursday)
08. Britney Spears - “Not a Girl; Not Yet a Woman” (Britney)
09. Peterpan Complex - “I’m a Beautiful Man” (Peterpan Complex)

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