No One Knows The Upsides Of 5, Like A 5-Year-Old

Tell Me More is celebrating its 5th anniversary on NPR's airwaves. It's been quite an exciting journey. Five is a major milestone and no one knows this better than someone who has just turned five. Host Michel Martin hears from some 5-year-olds on "What's Fun About Being Five."

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Throughout the program today, we have been celebrating the fifth anniversary of TELL ME MORE, and one of our editors was nice enough to look this up because my fifth anniversary is long past. The appropriate gift to give for a fifth anniversary is wood. It represents strength and a solid foundation. Silverware is also a traditional gift for the fifth anniversary because it symbolizes connectedness, and I think that's not a bad way to think about the program, holding strong while making connections.

And we also like to have fun and we thought, what could be better than asking some of our five-year-old listeners what they think is fun about being five. So we reached out on Facebook and we received hundreds of responses. Thank you for that.

And here now, some five-year-olds sharing their wisdom about the fun of being five.

MASON SHARP: Hi. My name is Mason Sharp(ph). I live in Pasadena, California.

ZORA JEAN ANDERSON: Zora Jean Anderson(ph). I live in Maryland.

HANNAH HANSON: My full name's Hannah Hanson(ph). I live in Deerfield.

SHARP: And I'm five years old.

ANDERSON: And I'm five years old.

HANSON: Excitedly(ph) , I am five years old.


SHARP: I like being five because it's fun to play with my friends.

ANDERSON: The best thing about being five is reading books.

HANSON: We're all going to kindergarten, getting off some of the day, not having that much homework.

SHARP: I love to play with all the Legos there.

ANDERSON: Playing with blocks. I build libraries with the blocks.

HANSON: I didn't used to be able to do a cartwheel and that's what I do inside.

SHARP: When I'm five, my sister chases us and it's really funny.

ANDERSON: Sometimes I get to help Mommy set the table for dinner. This summer I went to Ravinia, but I didn't do that when I was four or three or two or one. It's all great.


MARTIN: Again, that was Mason Sharp of Pasadena, California; Zora Jean Anderson from Silver Spring, Maryland; and Hannah Hanson of Deerfield, Illinois, telling us how great it is to be five. And we'll be hearing more from five-year-olds across the country all this week as we celebrate our first five years on the air.

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