Before I begin, I must preface that this news article is brought to you by the workings of a large iced dark roast coffee (black) and a large unsweetened iced green tea. This magical concoction of caffeine has offered a rush of thoughts and clarity to the regular thoughts that go through my mind.
About one year ago, Banes authored the article titled “14” dealing with the topic of how he began to enjoy the same interests he once had at the age of fourteen. An interesting example was how he started wearing the same style of clothes that he did when he was younger because it was comfortable. In the comment section, I responded with a quotation that a coworker once said, “At the end of the day, we all revert to our seventh grade selves.” The validity of this statement can not come closer to the truth.
I do not know what it is about getting older that leads me to act younger than my age. I work in schools and a majority of my days are spent interacting with young people. It is interesting to learn about the latest trends from middle schoolers whether it is a bottle trick, a mannequin challenge, making slime out of glue and detergent, or the latest obsession: fidget spinners.
Over the past year, I have reached a newly established level of celebrity as a substitute teacher with the students at the local middle school (which also happens to be the same one I attended). A morning stroll around the campus is met with random gasps and children putting their hands under their chin and saying, “Oh my gosh! She is my Favorite sub.” I have started to perfect the casual wave and smile while saying, “Oh, hey. :)”
One of the reasons I have been able to connect with the eleven to fourteen year old age group has so much to do with the fact that I am very much connected to myself at that age. Look, I still like to read and draw comics, I love making plush toys, I enjoy cute things, the money I earn ends up going toward fun stuff for me because I do not have any kids of my own. I even had a sixth grader once say to me, “Miss, you are more like a middle schooler than an adult.” Honestly, I have heard people mentioning this thing called “adulting”, but I might need to borrow the crib notes for it. In the meantime, I am just going to keep reading awesome webcomics and watching my fidget spinner collection grow. After all, it is the end of the day.
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kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 22, 2017
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