upon anyone. Speaking from someone whom WAS a 13 year old girl".
I've said those words, over and over and over again.
Stereotypical 13 year old girl: hormonal, moody, hates you, angry with the world, beautiful - insecure. Wait, doesn't that really describe the whole world??
First 13 year old girl:
TIFFANY I was 18. She was 13. Divorced father, little brother, dad's girlfriend is pregnant, Mom left them. How the hell did I fall into this??
She needed me as much as I needed her. I was a freshman in college. I was there to baby-sit the little brother and help out around the house. Cook dinner. She did not want to like me. She cried when I left. She didn't recognize me when I showed up at her wedding 15 years later. When she did, we both cried. Sometimes you can leave the people you love - you know they will pick you up later.
My second 13 year old girl. I've loved Erin since she was one. How could I not love the 13 year old version of her too? I didn't have to live with either one of these girls. But, that's what Auntie's are for.
I took her to her first R rated movie. I let her have her first drink of alcohol and stay up past midnight. She had some obstacles in her life, and she didn't want me there - thinking she would disappoint me, only she should know, I would be there. It wasn't me she wasn't letting down. It was herself and her expectations she had, not me. I will always love her. No matter what.
Then God gave me boys. THANK YOU. For my wonderful incredible boys. Because, after all, "I wouldn't wish a 13 year old girl upon anyone". I was given the children I needed.
THEN I was told, ONE MORE:
You aren't done yet. Here is another 13 year-old girl. Beautiful, insecure, hormonal, love-struck, boy-crazy, 13 year old girl. She needs you - just as much as you need her.
I've said for years, "I wouldn't wish a 13 year old girl on anyone".
I've changed my mind. You could only be so lucky to share this part of their life with them.. I have loved them all. I have been very lucky. Yes, I'm the lucky one. The one whom warned everyone about the teenage girl. Teenagers? YES. In fact, give me a room full of them. I can handle it. All of them. Every single one.
They don't need me in their lives. They want me there. I want to be there.
Now, babies on the other hand, I'm not really good with them........