We’ve all been teenagers, which means we’ve all been embarrassed by something our parents did during those traumatic years. Now that I’m, um, past that age, I understand why my parents behaved like they did. First, though, I would like to relate a story from my high school years, during which my parents occasionally embarrassed me.
One weekend, my friend B and I went to a toga party. Being the good kids we were (notice I said were), we told our parents where we were going and what we were doing. B and I even giddily showed our parents how we would cleverly wear our togas, using a top sheet from the bed, with no sewing or cutting required. So off we went to the toga party, gleeful to be included in such a crowd. Imagine our surprise when my mother showed up along with B’s parents. In togas. My mother was wearing a top sheet toga, as was B’s mother. B’s father, however, was wearing the bottom sheet (with the elastic on it) draped across his shoulders. And he was drunk. B and I were horrified. I don’t remember what happened after that, but maybe that’s a good thing.
Fast forward many years. Most of the time, I don’t feel my age. Some people have even been so kind to say I don’t look my age. I think it all has to do with attitude and personality. Being positive and happy goes a long way. Is my life great? Far from it! However, I have learned to make the best of any situation, and do the best I can with what I have. There’s a lot to be said for not stressing out over things you have no control over (although that’s not always easy). While I am no Pollyanna, I tend to find joy in fairly simple things. It could be anything from seeing the first sign of Spring in my garden to receiving photos of my wee relatives. If you feel and act young, people will think you are younger than you really are.
And to you teenagers out there, we act young because we feel young! The way we look outside is not the way we feel inside. Don’t let our ancient external features fool you. We are not doing it to embarrass you. Well, not usually….. BTW, if you want to know how to tie a toga, just ask.