The way you tell me to take out my pencil
To write down the question and find the answer
Your tone of voice and the look in your eyes
I can tell you don't think I'm an adult.
The law may say I am not
But the things I have been through disagree.
Who gave you the right
To look at a kid and decide
Based on his face
That he is not a mature adult?
You may be a working member of society
With your own home
But just because
We don't pay our own bills
Doesn't mean we aren't able to act like adults.
The girl you just told to put her phone away
Might go home and deal with
And she comes to school
And not a single person knows.
How is that less indicative of maturity
Than sending a check to your phone company every month?
Don't talk down to me
Don't treat me in the same manner
As your toddler at home.
I am dealing with more than you know
Please don't assume things
And I won't assume things
Let me show you my maturity
With my actions
Not the date printed on my driver's license
And you can show me your maturity
With the way you respond.
Let me teach you that I can be an adult
And I will let you teach me.
Let me demonstrate that I deserve your respect
And I will respect you.
Stop assuming that I know nothing of the world
Because I am in high school
When in reality
I know a lot more than you would believe
And I have dealt with a lot more than you choose to assume.
Let me show you that I deserve your respect
And in turn I will give you mine.