I remember when I was about your age and my neighbour turned 40. His wife covered the lawn in pink flamingoes and put up a big sign "Lordy, Lordy, Karl is 40". I remember thinking how OLD (and I mean OOOOOLD) forty sounded.
And now it's me.
Here is what I can PROMISE you about when YOU reach the big 4-0...
(1) you will feel almost EXACTLY the same as you do right now. You know how you think older people are so much different than you? Well, we are not. And it will shock you when you realize - at age 25 and 35 and 40 - that the way you picture YOURSELF has not really changed that much from when you were 15.
(2) you will hate the thought that other - younger - people ARE thinking of you differently. It pains me to think that some of you think of me the same way I thought of my "old" teachers. We're not so different, you and me!! We really aren't!!
(3) you will wonder to yourself: how the heck can I possibly be 40-years old? Wasn't I just 16-years old a few years ago?
Thanks to everyone who wished me and sang me Happy Birthday, for my cards, my cake and my flowers. I may be getting older but I am clear that spending my days with enthusiastic, fun teenagers helps to keep my young (at heart, at least).
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!