An Open Letter to My 5 Yr. Old Self About Peanut Butter and Kool Aid

Dear 5 Yr. Old Jessica,

You are at an incredible age right now. I know it might not seem like it, but it is. While you might be concerned about starting Kindergarten and missing all your morning cartoon shows, it’ll be okay. School will eventually become something that you get used to and will do very well in. So, I don’t want you to worry your little self about that. Trust me, you’re going to grow up to be a worrier and you school shouldn’t be it. It’ll come naturally to you anyway… so please don’t sweat it.

But what I do what to say is that you are going to have the best foods at your tiny little finger tips and I want you to take advantage of that. See, you might not think it now, but your body is growing… fast. Everything you eat is only going to help your bones and muscles grow. There’s nothing that you can do wrong. You love to run and play, so you can have as much as you want… you’re just burning it for fuel to play TV tag and Hide-and-Go-Seek. You’ll be okay.

So please littlest Jess, indulge in everything. Eat your peanut butter sandwiches to your hearts content. Fill your little belly with all the kool-aid, Fruit Roll-Ups, and chocolate milk that you can take.

When you grow up, you’re going to be angry with your parents for a moment because they never introduced you to Marshmallow Fluff. Trust me, tiny one, you’re going to LOVE this when you get older! It’s some awesome shit.

Don’t say shit.

But when you discover such goodness, times will have changed. You will be older. And while you might say to the world, “You suck, I don’t care if I’m 25, I’m going to have some marshmallow fluff!” the rest of the world might not share in your enthusiasm. Fortunately for you, you’ll be 25, living out of your parents house (don’t be scared) and can afford the fluff to eat in the comfort of your own home without anyone knowing.

The point is, enjoy being a kid.

Enjoy eating all the kid foods, getting messy, licking your fingers after eating something sticky and sweet.

You will never grow out of loving sweets.

But soak it all up.

You might think that being an adult is awesome… but it’s not. I mean, it has its perks and all. Driving is pretty cool. I can go wherever I want… AND I can stay out as late as I want. How ’bout that, right?

But for the most part, when you get older, you’ll realize that there are certain rules that you have to follow… and society sort of encourages those rules… unfortunately.

Enjoy wearing pig-tails because at 25, you don’t really rock them as well as you do now. Don’t get me wrong, they’re doable, but… well, you’ll see.

Enjoy being a girl at such a young age. Times change as you get older. Be wild, be crazy, have fun, and do you little Jess. Just do Jess.

You’re going to love to read. Enjoy your peanut butter sandwiches with a good book. You’re going to love twinkies… dad made sure of that. Eat the twinkies like there will never be another twinkie again. Ask mom to get some of that chocolate peanut butter too. It’ll get discontinued for a while, but they’ll bring it back and it’ll be bigger than ever. In the future, it’s called Nutella. It exists in your time too… or it will… but it’ll just be chocolate peanut butter. Get some of that, some twinkies, and some marshmallow fluff. Trust me on this one. You’ll love it 😉

There will be moments in your life when you will go through a phase. You’ll stop doing all of these things. Hell, I can’t even remember the last time I had a twinkie.

Don’t say hell.

But one day, you’ll see one and you’ll look back on your younger years and think, “I should have had more twinkies.”

So that’s why I’m writing you this letter, to remind you to eat the twinkies. Eat as much as mom will let you… but you’re better off asking dad on this one… again, trust me. He’ll indulge with you and you might have to fight him over the twinkies… but that’s okay… he loves you and he’ll let you win.

Worry less about the future and everything that it holds. There’s not much you can do about it anyway. So enjoy the time that you have, right in front of you, every day.

Now hurry up and ask mom for a peanut butter sandwich and some cherry kool-aid!

See you in the future!

Your 25 Yr. Old Future Self

P.S. Keep gum away from your hair.


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