I have a sweet tooth, what can I say?
And then there was Dirty Dancing. I wanted to see it SO BAD and all my friends got to see it and I even remember a friend of my mom's bringing it over on VHS one night but even after I'd been tucked in 4 times, I was still "so thirsty" and needed to get up for another drink of water. And I totally snuck a peek of the dancing on the log across the creek scene before I was spotted and sent back to bed.
Again I vowed "When I grow up... I'm going to watch and eat and go and do and say and be and wear... whatever I want."
Funny how that works. Being an adult, making choices on your own. Paying bills, being in relationships, driving cars (omg, the best!), staying out as late as you want and so much more. I've mentioned before how I often check in with 10 year old Liz and wonder how cool and adventurous she would be glad she is at 28. High five Liz and right back atcha.
But lately I'm feeling like mom was really on to something. You know, the whole "Train a child up in the way he should go..." bit? (That's an understatement by the way, please hear my comical tone.) Well now that I'm an adult, I can and admittedly have watched some shows recently that I find are affecting my sleep, my responses towards the people around me or in traffic, and alarmingly leave me dying to know what's going to happen next week. Even the tone in which I think, purse my lips, or roll my eyes... I'm a haughty little teenager all over again.
I was driving down I-10 last week and saw a billboard advertising one of these shows, the tagline "Dive Into The Drama" when it really occurred to me. I told DK right then that I wouldn't watch anymore, not for the social aspect, not for "pop culture research", not for the sake of just knowing what's going to happen in just... one... more... episode. I just don't need that drama, I have enough of my own in REAL life haha.
So here's me as an adult doing what I need to do. And wow, it's tough!! Then when I think about what it's like to have teens right now, these shows far more scandalous than they've ever been, I wonder how you as moms don't pull your hair out trying to protect them. Or do you? The scandal, drama, shorter skirts, attitude, and disregard for true love is everywhere you turn and I wonder if you feel like it's just easier to give in?
Here's what I need and am trying to use more as a gage: "