Monday, October 24, 2011
Talking 'Bout My Generation
Saturday night my niece had a Halloween Party and invited a bunch of her girlfriends.
What. A. Riot!
Of course, I didn't hang around for much of the festivities because they are teenagers and I certainly wasn't about to cramp my niece's style. But I did get a chance to observe them a little bit in action. It made me realize how the more things change, the more things stay the same. I know. Profound. :)
Unlike parties in my day (which, admittedly, wasn't exactly that long ago), teenagers today are glued to their cell phones like they're some kind of life force or something. No doubt the moment the party ended, photos went up on Facebook faster than you could say Taylor Lautner. In fact, I'm sure there were enough tweets and texts manufactured during the party that, measured in inches, could reach the Space Station.
But here's where things are noticeably similar to the days when my sister and I had our high school parties:
1) Teenage girls still speak without punctuation. Speech at fifteen is really just a stream of random words strung together at lightening speed.
2) Like is still quite popular. It makes its way into every other sentence.
3) Teenage girls are still silly. They laugh at anything. In fact, a lot of times they laugh at nothing. That's one of the beautiful things, I think, about being a teenager.
4) Boys still seem to be a popular topic.
5) Younger brothers still like to crash their older sisters' parties. Bravo, Andrew! My nephew raided his sister's party, wearing a glow-in-the-dark monster mask, after army-crawling across the yard to reach them. I'm pretty sure you could hear the girls' screams in the next town. My sister and I are still laughing about it.