Growing Up

Growing Up

I was a little tomboy into everything,
Not ever wanting to wear pink,
Stepping outside clean going home black,
Where it came from my brain I wracked.

Always into mischief without meaning to,
A twinkle in my eye whilst I grew,
Time seemed to go slowly then,
Never thought I reach the age of ten.

Time flew by suddenly I was in my teens,
Found a sudden liking for eating greens,
Still wanting to be out with my friends,
Suddenly interested in seeing young men.

Before I knew it I was in my twenties,
Earning my keep and going to parties,
Remembering my childhood with a smile,
Wishing at times I was still a young child.

In my thirties I got married in haste,
No more of my life did I want to waste,
Hoping to have children and a good life,
Children didn’t come so I’m just a wife.

Now in my forties happy but with regrets,
Some people I wish I had never met,
Life could have been much worse though,
My quiet little life I will make the most.

Philippa Hope-Hornsey

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About Philippa

I am married to Rick and we live in a small town in County Durham. We have two dogs, a cat and two budgies. I am also an adoption survivor. In 1981 my son was born and I was then forced to surrender him. It took 23 years and reunion for my to find out that my son's adoption was legally known as a forced adoption and illegal but social workers got away with it because mothers didn't know their rights.
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