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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One Response to “the mystery of teenagers”

  1. Alasdair said

    Yes, but:

    Teen called dad on first day of school. Dad, in a meeting:

    “Fine”
    “Yes”
    “Uh-huh”

    wicked silliness!

    Maybe she’s in a meeting, too, and you just don’t know it…

    Besides which, it was soooo sweatshirt day the other day.

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