Abitur 2012 Text II Composition Topic 2: „There is always one moment in childhood, when the door opens and lets the future in“ (Graham Greene, 1904–19991). Comment on this statement.
Von Aylin Aydin.
It Is No Use Crying over Closed Doors
Every human passes through the same process: You are born, grow up, learn new things, change and die. No one can change this. Graham Greene describes this process of growing up in his following statement: “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
Every child normally grows up without understanding the hardness of life. Its everyday life consists of eating, sleeping, playing and having fun. Things that bother adults are often not perceived by children. But as Greene says, this state cannot last forever. Growing up children get to know things better, learn something new all the time, make experiences and understand how things work in real life.
By making experiences, children leave their life full of harmony and joy behind and enter a new world, which is sometimes brutal and sad. New things start to concern young adults and teenagers: The first love, school and marks, friendship, trouble with parents and so on. All these did not exist during childhood.
But as every door opens, also ever door closes. While letting the future in, the past disappears. It is not possible to open the door again and reenter childhood. Even though many people want to be a child again, life prevents. So being a naïve and innocent child again is impossible.
What Graham Greene wants to convey with his statement is that one day everyone has to become an adult and leaves his childhood behind. As sad as this seems it’s important to enter a new world, open a new door, change yourself and make new experiences. This is the reason why we became strong and self-confident and this is the way it has to be.