Young Writer Spends 24 Hours Without Her Phone

Age 12, Thetford Center
Monday, January 22, 2018

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This week’s prompt: Phone. Go without your phone for 24 hours. Reflect on your experience. Or, Kid. If you could be a kid forever, what would it be like?

A girl without her phone

I had never thought this day would come: the day when I would give up my phone for 24 hours. One girl, against the world, without her phone. I knew this would be one heck of an adventure, and last Thursday, I proved to myself and my family that I didn’t need to have my phone as much as I thought.

The first few hours I didn’t miss my phone. I listened to music and hung out with my family. I started to realize that I go on my phone way more than I should. When it began to turn to night, I started to feel bored. Usually at night, I check my phone for new messages or play games. This time, however, I read a book, then fell asleep much earlier than usual.

The following day went surprisingly well without my phone. Getting up and ready for school was a breeze. I didn’t have to worry about not forgetting my phone, and it wasn’t there to distract me from getting ready. I don’t usually go on my phone during lunch at school anyway, so getting through the day without it was easy. That night I had hockey practice, and I was away from my phone. So when I got home, my 24-hour adventure was complete.

I felt very proud of myself. Along this journey, I learned that I don’t need to have my phone with me all the time. My phone is a distraction. I only really need it to call people for emergencies. I’m now making sure I don’t go on my phone all the time. I don’t want to miss out on the great things in my life by going on a screen. I've learned to get off my phone and go outside to hang out with my family. My family is very important to me, and I’m making sure I won’t miss out being with them by spending time on my phone.


All the memories are brought back,

of laughing and shouting,

of sticky hands covered in candy,

of your first tooth,

of your first day of school,

of playing in the sand,

of riding on your bike,

of blowing out candles.

I smile thinking about these good times,

but there were bad ones,

scraping your knee,

having a nightmare,

getting stung by a bee,

just feeling alone.

And I realize childhood is a time of smiles and tears,

but you have to grow up; you can't be a kid forever.

Forever Young

One of the main parts about being human

is growing up.

If you don’t grow up,

how can you be human?

How can you feel

like you’ve accomplished anything

if you don’t finish your life?

Without a feeling of completion,

you will always feel lacking.

How will you feel when all of your loved ones die without you?

Will you find a new family?

New friends?

Or will you give up on making relationships?

If you are a child forever,

would you be content to be drinking juice boxes,

content with eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

day in and day out?

Life may be hard as an adult,

but being young forever would have its faults.

Be glad that you grow up

because being a kid forever just might not be that great.