Learning On My Own

I didn’t have the guidance one should or could have growing up. Grandma always had a saying, “Children should be seen and not heard”. I found that to be extremely confusing. So, you can see us but you don’t want to hear us? Hmmm. Ok. That’s why I felt I could never go to her if I had questions or was curious about certain things. It was tough learning on my own. I was raising myself and didn’t know if I was ruining my own life in the process. Puberty. Oh man, don’t even go there. That subject was off limits. Grandma didn’t warn me or sit me down to explain to me the changes my body would go through during this transition from child to teen, forget about the becoming an adult conversation. I have to credit my elementary school for teaching me most of what to expect from puberty, so I wasn’t too shocked when things started happening. As a pre-teen, I have to credit my junior high school for teaching me the fundamentals of being a teenager. Everything else I pretty much learned on my own. Hands on experience, I guess you can say. To this day I still don’t get that saying. “Children should be seen and not heard”. What does that mean? What is your interpretation? I’m really curious to know.



  1. It means ‘I don’t want to deal with you, kid!’


    • That’s the way we took it. I was going to be heard no matter what. She would get so angry at me because I would keep saying, “grandma, grandma, grandma, grandma, grandma”, until she finally answered me and then I would say never mind. Hahaha. I did it to piss her off.


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