In March, I waxed nostalgic about the 30th anniversary of a favorite movie of mine, The Breakfast Club. What I didn’t make explicit then, but will now, is that I was 14 years old when that movie came out.
To be honest, I pretty much hated being 14. But something dawned on me as I assembled this list of the 14 Things I Remember about Being 14 (a response to a Finish the Friday blog prompt). I realized that while I hated being 14, looking back on it I was able to muster up mostly good memories. I chalk that up to the power of positive thinking, wine, the wisdom that only comes with age, and more wine.
2. I got one ear double pierced just like Molly Ringwald, the star of The Breakfast Club.
3. Standing 5’11”, I was taller than everyone in the 8th grade except John G.
4. A mean boy, Sam R., often pointed out my lack of a derriere in the hallways at school. But, don’t feel sorry for me. It only made me stronger and able to withstand the teasing I would endure later in life at the hands of my own children, both of whom are endowed with more substantial booties (thanks to their father) than me.
5. I wore braces when I was 14.
6. I was the student body president of my 8th grade class. The experience made me realize I never wanted to be president of anything again. Not worth it! It was a blessing to realize that sooner rather than later.
7. I played on my school’s basketball team (see #3 above). I fondly recall the final score of one of our hard-fought battles on the court: 9-8.
Let that sink in, folks.
An hour of basketball played by 14-year-olds and the final score was a whopping 9-8!
8. I felt pretty unhappy and unsure of myself most of the time I was 14.
9. I had celebrity crushes on C. Thomas Howell and Billy Idol.
10. I drove to Alaska in a motor home with my family the summer I was 14. The highlight was seeing Mt. McKinley or perhaps it was being stranded by the side of the Yukon highway for 3 days when our motor home broke down.
In the middle of the Yukon territory.
60 miles from anything, like the nearest town with a mechanic.
11. Becoming a mom was THE farthest thing from my mind when I was 14, although I did have a steady gig babysitting some 4- and 7-year-olds. I was wicked good at pet sitting, too.
12. After perming my hair the majority of my 14th year of life, I cut off one side in an attempt to be more like Molly Ringwald and the hip kids who listened to alternative New Wave.
13. I laid out in the sun every day over summer vacation without wearing sunscreen. My adult self cringes at the memory, especially now when I visit the dermatologist and something “suspicious” or “evolving” gets hacked off of my skin.
14. I stayed up way too late on school nights to see Huey Lewis and the News and Madonna in concert.
But how cool is it that I saw Huey Lewis and the News and Madonna when they were the hottest commodities in music?! Thanks, Mom and Dad!
What do you remember about being 14?