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You're officially a grown-up : the graduate's guide to freedom, responsibility, happiness, personal hygiene
Viorst, Judith.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, 1999.
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34 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
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The perfect graduation gift: a wry look at the pleasures and anxieties of leaving home, penned with Judith Viorst's trademark blend of insight and humor.Millions of young people grew up with Viorst's bestselling children's bookAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.Now they can take her tongue-in-cheek advice for the next stage in their lives. Warm, funny, compassionate, and reassuring,You're Officially a Grown-Updescribes -- in verse and illustrations -- all those terrifying but eagerly anticipated freedoms that go hand in hand with venturing out on your own and trying to make your way in the world.Ranging from the quandaries of giving up room, board, and the keys to the Ford to the thrills of playing by your own rules, Viorst will touch a nostalgic chord in those "official" grown-ups who have loved her other books about life's milestones. This special keepsake -- written from a loving parent's perspective -- is just the ticket high school and college graduates need for a one-way passage to adulthood.

Author Notes

Judith Viorst was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 2, 1931. She graduated from Rutgers University (1952) and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute (1981).

She has written extensively, her works include children's books, collections of poetry, lyrics to musicals, several works of fiction, and a cookbook. She has won a Silver Pencil award (for The Tenth Good Thing About Barney) and an Emmy (for poems used in an Anne Bancroft TV special).

(Bowker Author Biography) Judith Viorst is the bestselling author of "Forever Fifty," "How Did I Get to Be Forty," "Necessary Losses," & several other works. She is also the author of the classic children's book "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." A graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she is the recipient of various awards for her journalism & psychological writings. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst. They have three sons.

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You're Officially A Grown-Up You're going. You're leaving. You're out on your own. If your buttons fall off And you must have them sewn, You must sew them yourself. You're officially a grown-up. You'll balance your checkbook, Remember to vote. You will write your Aunt Frances A prompt thank-you note, And take out the garbage And sweep up inside -- Or not. From now on It is you who'll decide What you will and won't do. You're officially a grown-up, Which means you can sleep On the same grubby sheet From September to June, Eat whatever you eat Without someone saying, "You call that a meal?" (Or, if you don't eat, Asking, "How do you feel?" As if you are catching Some fatal disease). You can do as you please. You're officially a grown-up. You can do as you please, but please keep in mind That if you don't water your daisies you'll find That you're likely to wind up with a lot of dead flowers. You can do as you please, but please be aware That people who don't change their underwear May be lonelier people than those who take regular showers. You can stay up all night. You can snooze the whole day As long as you've figured out How you will pay For the stuff that you need. You're officially a grown-up. You can hang by your toe Off a ninety-foot drop, Because nobody's standing there Hollering, "Stop!" And you needn't show up, And you needn't call in, Because nobody's wondering Where you have been. (Don't they care where you've been?) You're officially a grown-up, Which means you should have All the answers. (You won't.) And always know what You are doing. (You don't.) And never behave like A wimp or an ass. (You will, but the shame Does eventually pass.) Are you worried? Confused? You're officially a grown-up. And you're going. You're leaving... Or maybe you'll stay One more week, one more month, Or perhaps till next May. What's the rush? Just because You're officially a grown-up? Yes, what is the rush? You've got room, you've got board, And no charge for the phone, And the keys to the Ford, A deck you can tan on, A big-screen TV, And that soft teddy bear You have owned since age three. (But you aren't age three. You're officially a grown-up), Which means that although It is scary outside, You're ready to muster Your courage and pride, To hold up your head, Boldly stick out your chin, And -- fall fiat on your face And come up with a grin, Determined and dauntless (And shaky, you say? You'll move on, anyway). You're officially a grown-up. And no matter how shrewdly your plans are made, It sometimes will rain on your parade, And you'll have to slog through the rain, Though you hadn't planned to. And adorable creature though you may be, You won't be everyone's cup of tea, For not everyone you meet is going to Love you, Or like you, Or want to understand you. Still, you're going. You're leaving. You're ready to take On your future. This could be a major mistake. So you'll make a mistake. You're officially a grown-up. You'll try on this hat. And you'll try on that role. And you'll learn what you can And can never control. You'll bail yourself out If you get in a jam. You'll, when asked who's in charge Of your life, say, "I am." And you are. Yes, you are. You're officially a grown-up, Which means you can still Call for help when you're stuck. You can count on good friends. You can hope for good luck. And you might cross your fingers. You might say a prayer. But it's you -- mostly you -- Who will get yourself where You'll, sooner or later, decide That you're trying to get. Will you get there? You bet! You're officially a grown-up. Excerpted from You're Officially a Grown-Up: The Graduate's Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness and Personal Hygiene by Judith Viorst All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.