Today I was working in a public place when I was suddenly surrounded by a gaggle of giggy 13 year old girls. Pretty soon, a couple of surly 13 year old boys joined the gaggle and they became a full on group.
I was instantly transported back 27 years to when I was 13. Listening to the girls whisper to one another and the boys sort of grunt, I got a pit in my stomach remembering how embarrassing and miserable it was to be 13. Did I mention I absolutely hated being 13? (I really hated being most ages between 12 and 22, but 13 was especially horrible.)
The personalities haven’t changed much with the Alpha Girl taking charge. She wasn’t necessarily the prettiest of the girls, but she was the loudest and the most confident. There was her Number Two close by her side, ready to give the oft-needed, “I know!” and “Totally!” A couple quiet, mousy girls rounded out the gang (that would have been me).
The boys were fairly normal, but the Ring Leader seemed to be the smallest – albeit cutest – boy in the pack.
The mating rituals haven’t changed much over the years, except now they use technology instead of the paper notes we used to pass back and forth. (Do you like me? Do you like like me? Do you want to go out with me? Check any and all boxes that apply.)
Lucky for me, they proceeded to have their conversation right next to me and my laptop. Want to know what 13-year-olds talk about when they think no one is listening? Check it out.
Be sure to read my daily rants at People I Want to Punch in the Throat where you’re sure to laugh and/or might be offended (it’s where you can find my R-rated rants).
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