Childhood is a funny thing. Especially since that window we call adolescence keeps getting longer and longer. When do we stop being children, and when do we become adults? We bring you an hour of radio built from a Stanford class devoted to telling stories on the air--stories of growing up, not growing up and the moments that stick with us the most.
It's easy enough to look at a person and decide for them whether he or she is a child or an adult, but is it always so easy to tell with ourselves? What does it even mean to be a grown-up? First, it's a story about fuzzy, and perhaps undesirable transitions between childhood and adulthood.
Some growing pains happen when your bones get bigger. Some growing pains happen when your opponent kicks you as hard as she can in the body. Our next story is about growing up with the second kind. It's also about corruption, Tae Kwon Do, and yelps.
Story 3: My Family Held a Meeting on My Ability to Think
After giving up sports, Sarah began playing music with her brothers every night. Beatles' songs, everyone on a different instrument and Sarah on vocals. It was the start of a bonding between the siblings. But it was a bonding that went too far, and it started to worry her family.
If there's one thing we have control over growing up, it's our bedrooms. We decorate, arrange, rearrange, and sometimes even try to paint. But there is another approach to making your room--and your life--your own. Some call it OCD, Jeff Bauman calls it peace.
Admit it. You had stuffed animals when you were a kid. When did you give them up? Was it too late? Embarrassingly late? Well, no matter when it was, chances are you didn't have a relationship with your stuffed animals the way the narrator of our next story had with her polar bears.
Our last story is comic piece about studying abroad, growing up, and trying to ﬁnd an identity at college. For reasons we appreciate, but can't quite fathom, it's told in the voice of a 30s private eye.
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.