Dearest Teen B,
If I were to take myself back in time to the age that you are today, 13, I can clearly remember what I was like, what I was into and what I loved.
I can remember anticipating the start of my high school years just as you are now. School supplies were purchased, new clothes lay in my drawers and my hair was cut and sported a new style.
I was ready for high school.
For me though, the year was 1983.
Here is a tiny glimpse of this time period.
Over the shoulder shirts and dresses were all the rage. Neon was popular and worn via sweaters, t-shirts, leg warmers, scrunch socks, wrist warmers, hoop earrings and other fashion accessories.
Crimped hair was popular. So were blunt bangs, the side pony-tail, banana clips, and dying your hair red and other colours. Permed hair was in as were short, funky cuts like the Bob.
Madonna was one of my favourite singers. She was a huge fashion and trend setter. She loved bangles, cross necklaces & earrings, 3/4 leggings and layering clothes over top of them. Cropped, off the shoulder tops were Madonna’s favourite.
Bangles were huge in 1983. The more you wore the better. They came in an array of rainbow colours.
Cyndi Lauper was another one of my favourite singers in 1983. She sang the song, Girls Just Want to Have Fun which came from her She’s So Unusual album.
I loved Michael Jackson. He, too, was popular in the 80’s. His song Billie Jean topped the charts for weeks. Michael is responsible for the trends of: the silver glove, the zipper jacket and zippers on pants. He also became well known for his favourite dance move, The Moon Walk.
A few of my favourite TV shows were …
My movie star idols were …
Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Ralph Machio, C. Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon from my favourite all time book and movie, The Outsiders. I had pin-up posters of them hung all over the inside of my high school locker. I bought and collected any teen magazine that featured any one of my boy crushes.
Yes, this was Me at your age and that was my time.
Although you will experience your high school years in a far different time period than I did, do realize that there will be many similarities.
1. meet and become friends with many great and not-so great people.
2. be exposed to smoking and drugs and will learn how to avoid them.
3. fall in and out of love many times and maybe even get your heart broken.
4. have favourite songs and ones you hate.
5. learn a great deal from your studies and an even greater deal from the relationships you form and strengthen over the next five years.
6. explore fashion trends and experiment with your hair.
7. get a part-time job and learn about responsibility and saving money.
8. see concerts, go to dances and hang out with friends.
9. keep on track with your studies and hold on to your good grades.
10. join clubs, play sports and get involved in activities within your school.
12. stay true to who you are as a person and not change anything about yourself for anyone.
13. spend the next 5 years or so trying to figure out who you are, what you like,
where you’re going and what’s important to you.
This list could go on but I will stop here as I’m sure you’re already rolling your eyes.
I want you to know, Teen B, that your Dad and I will be here for you through all of the ups and downs you encounter in high school. We will support you in your endeavors and encourage you along the way. We may not always see eye to eye on things but know, in our hearts, we love you unconditionally.
We will love you no matter what!
Good luck on your first day of high school, Bri !