Saturday, November 4

Et too, D2?

A dear friend of mine has a daughter in her early teens. "D2" Instant Messages me somewhere between occasionally and frequently with her tales of crushes, gossip, heartache, and generalized tomboy malaise. Her messages both intrigue and terrify me. I cherish her confidences as much as they make me cringe.

Unwittingly breaking every promise I made to my early teen self, it seems that somewhere along the line I completely forgot how to relate to a girl in her early teens. Some days, the best I can do is curb my language.

I care what she thinks of me to an unnerving degree; paranoid that she might suspect I have committed the ultimate betrayal and forgotten how to speak to a girl her age. This, I imagine, probably officially makes me "old".

Growing up, my favorite "old" people were the ones who treated me as if I were already one of them. With D2, I try to cover my thirty-something inadequacies and encourage the myth that with age comes wisdom by dishing out brilliant advice (and passing it off as my own). My advice to her includes such gems as, "you can't always get what you want. No, you can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you'll get what you need".

To which she replied, "I kno".

One day, years from now, she's going to hear some CSN song while driving around somewhere, and come to the sudden realization that I was a giant, clueless smartass.

4 comments:

kershdo said...

You don't have to worry about her ever hearing that CSN song, or for that matter, any CSN. She wouldn't go near our generation of music, even under threat of death. Boy bands & Pop all the way.

I have no "qualms".

D1

Scott said...

HAHAHAHHAAAAA

No you can't always get what you want...

You seriously need to watch Hedwig... where he's sitting with his head in the oven singing what he'd learned of life from american radio...

"to be a young american in muskrat love. soft as an easy chair..not even a chair. i am, i said. have I never been mellow? and the colored girls sing..do-dodo-dodo-do-do-do-do. hey boy, take a walk on the wild side...
you can't always get what you want."

Chief Ninja Monkie said...

Ummm...isn't that a Stone's song? Not a CSN/CSNY song?

honeykbee said...

That particular song is a Stones song, yes, but I've given many song lyrics as advice...