Me at Half My Age
It's 2004. I'm 13. Inspired by @jannychan
- •My school implements a dress code of khakis and collared shirts and I am SO RELIEVED.My fashion and style renaissance comes years later. I'm still not quite there, to be honest.
- •A boy tells me he has "bigger titties" than me. I act like I don't hear him and he loses his nerve before he can repeat himself.Yeah, you're not funny, jerk. Also, a quick Google search tells me that this dude gets arrested when we're in our twenties. Karma.
- •When I turn 13, I write a "journal" post in computer class and lament how my childhood is now behind me.So melodramatic.
- •I get to run on the varsity track team and make friends with some way cool high schoolers. It gives me hope for my social life.
- •My favorite artists are Dave Matthews Band, Josh Groban, and The Who.I am as confused about this as you are.
- •My older brother goes away to school that year. On more than one occasion, I run to his room to tell him something funny and then remember he isn't home.Sad.
- •I'm 5'7" and lanky as hell.String bean and just one inch shy of my full adult height.
- •I wear my hair almost exclusively in a ponytail.This will remain mostly true for the next decade.
- •A girl asks me why I wear my pants so high and we discover that I'm not pulling them up high - no, my legs are just crazy long and my torso is crazy short. So I look like a dork with my shirt tucked in, even when I'm wearing my pants on the lower side.This remains true today.
- •No boys like me and I am ok with that because they're all a bunch of short jerks.
- •I play percussion in the school band.Soooo cooool.
- •My best friend is a smart girl named Allyson. She appreciates my sense of humor, overlooks what a dork I am, and keeps me up to speed on her guilty pleasure, One Tree Hill, even though I will literally never watch an episode of this show.
- •For English class "outside reading," I attempt to read the collection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sermons.It's inspiring but a bit over my head. Obviously.
- •I win 2 awards at the end of 8th grade: the Citizenship award and the PE award.Fastest middle schooler shuttle run time, y'all. Just sayin.
- •I read Night by Elie Wiesel and the Ryan White story. These two books shatter my naive worldview and that is a very good thing.
- •I babysit for the same family every single Friday night and make bank.
- •My class takes a weeklong trip to DC. We stay in dorms and are given a reasonable amount of autonomy. I fall in love with the feeling of independence, especially while wandering around a new city.