the mystery of teenagers

August 30, 2007

It’s been a good 10 years since I saw the last of my teen years. Which makes it that much harder for me to grasp the thought process of teenagers today. Now that there’s a teen living with us again, I’ve caught examples of the baffling behavior and statements that can be produced from these puzzling minds.

Puzzlement # 1

Listening to music in the car.

Teen says, “This isn’t my type of music, but I’d listen to it.”

Dad asks, “What’s your type of music?”

Teen, after a moment of thought: “I don’t have a type.”

Puzzlement #2

“It’s so hot out,” teen exclaims. It’s about 100 degrees.

“Why don’t you take your sweatshirt off?” dad and step-mom ask, bewildered.

Teen mulls. Shrugs. Sweatshirt stays on.

Puzzlement # 3

Comes home from first day at new school with stories. Kids were nice. Didn’t make friends, but talked to some kids who were friendly. Liked band and volleyball. Was on the ball with handouts and supplies she needed. General disposition: pleasant.

“So how would you rate your day, from 1 to 10?” dad asks.

“A four,” she says.

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good-bye rain

August 21, 2007

It started raining Saturday night and through Sunday. It felt odd to have a chilly breeze blowing into the house instead of the dry, stuffy heat we’ve been tortured with for the last month. The rain stuck through Sunday and into Monday, keeping the temperature in the 60s. It reminded me how much I love overcast skies and hearing the rain fall. I’ve decided fall is my favorite season in Walla Walla. The winter is too cold and long and puts too much demand on our furnace. Spring is too short and, although beautiful, only leaves us sneezing and coughing. And summer would be tolerable, if we didn’t have to work in an office. I realize I can’t stand dressing for summer, and then coming into an office that is artificially cooled to a degree that I need to wear a sweater indoors. It’s too confusing to my body. But with fall, you get the beauty of the leaves turning, rain to turn the lawn green, and a spooky feeling in the air that I love and associate with Halloween and a reminder of all the other holidays that are just around the corner.