In a reversal of Big, the Tom Hanks classic from the 80s, your adult self is suddenly locked in the body of a 12-year-old kid. How do you survive your first day back in school?



An apple of my father’s eye

I was a sweet, not at all shy

School was like a second home

Though home works a big no

Maths was not my cup of tea

I was a darling, all loved me

Wasn’t afraid from day one

I had friends and all the fun

Parents were there to drop me

Grandpa picked up to pamper me

Naughty I was to create a scene

Teacher called me to wipe and clean

Came away from the incident scot-free 


Now I am in the body of twelve years old

No one bullies me, I am bold

I am still the confident one

Having fun with my students

Chatting, playing, dancing around

Join my hands in the assembly ground.

Sharing tiffin with my colleagues 

Laughter, jokes, teasing and giggles

Taking loads of home work back

Lesson plans, notes, assignments in sack

I am an adult going to school, without lack

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  1. I loved this, since you are still ‘young’ to me, I believe you can have some of these carefree moments, still! I liked that Tom Hanks movie, also. The poem about your being 12 was so sweet!

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