Here's a chance for essay writers:
Real Simple's Life Lessons Contest
When did you realize you had become a grown-up? Share your lesson and you could win. 1500 words or less.
And, hey, in that vein, how about a 100 word or less comment here on the same theme?
I had my own apartment, a salaried job, business cards and furniture that I had actually bought instead of inherited. Every morning I got dressed in business casual, blow-dried my hair and wore a watch. My shoes were not comfortable. I had my own liquor cabinet. But adulthood didn't hit me until I looked up one day and saw that all the pictures on my wall were framed-- not taped at the corners or hanging on for dear life from thumb tacks. Right there, childhood left me behind.