This post is for the Writers Workshop at Mama Kat’s Losin It.The prompt I chose was #3: A letter to your future teen.
- When it comes to school dances, I have a lot of great stuff I can teach you. I can show you the running man, the roger rabbit and all sorts of great steps. I was a huge hit in 1989. I’m sure the moves will still be killer in 2022.
- Get involved. Try different sports. Join different clubs. This is a time in your life when you have a lot of different options to explore to find your interests. Take advantage.
- When you are out driving, keep your seat in its upright position. When people say backseat driver, they don’t literally mean you should like look you’re driving from the backseat. Sit up straight. Rearview mirrors checked. Hands at 10 & 2 on the wheel. Be careful.
- Speaking of driving, don’t freak out if you don’t get a car on your 16th birthday. Unless you are a lucky audience member on Oprah and she screams “You get a car, and you get a car”, then you’re probably still going to be taking the bus to school. (Oprah – very popular TV show back when you were really young. Google it. Or do whatever you do to find information.)
- Puh-lease behave in class. I have to imagine there is nothing worse than a teacher getting a poor report from a fellow teacher about their son/daughter. I liken it to a Dentist’s kid getting a cavity. Just shouldn’t happen.
- Pay attention in school. I can’t tell you how many classes I spent more time passing notes (that’s what we did before cell phones) than paying attention to what the teacher had to say. Soak in the knowledge. You can text or tweet your friend later.
- For the love of Isaac Mizrahi, keep your pants up around your waist. They invented belts for a reason. Use one. And while we’re on the subject of pants, always check your zipper when you are leaving the bathroom. If somebody asks you if you’re afraid of heights, head back to the bathroom and zip up.
- Last but not least, high school can be downright brutal. If you’re not in the cool kids clique, trust me, down the road you’ll be fine. Keep your chin up. Their popularity runs out the moment they step out of that building upon graduation.
I love you both,