Remember back in 1988 when DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince sang a catchy little ditty titled, “Parents Just Don’t Understand“? Me too. At the ripe age of 12 I was pretty sure this anthem was the most genius thing I had ever heard. Well, next to “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul anyway.
Despite the blessing of having two great parents I often felt misunderstood. All kids do. It’s just a thing we all have to go through for a while and yeah, it sucks.
I’m reminded pretty often by Boy Wonder to just “never mind”. That’s code for “Mom, you just don’t get it”. I guess I just can’t wrap my brain around why a 4th grader needs an iPhone or a pair of
death traps Heelys. Not understanding the superficial wants are one thing, but I worry about my ability to understand the big stuff someday – because the big stuff is coming.
When I asked you beautiful readers for your childhood memories of being misunderstood, you were quick to offer the sincere and the heartbreaking. I want to personally thank all of you who contributed because your answers reminded me to keep trying to understand, and when I find myself unable, to keep trying anyway.
What didn’t your parents understand about you growing up?
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