Sunday, June 20, 2010
Later in Life, Down the Line, Another Time, Some Other Day, Just Not Then
"You have Super Nintendo? I haven't played on that system in three years. You busy right now?"
Only a 16 year old girl would make a decision to seek out a friend's older sister's old paper (but not that old) on The Sound and the Fury and plagiarize the hell out of it. Only a 16 year old girl could sit comfortably in class and think not about the consequences but of what movie to rent this weekend with her boyfriend.
Only a 16 year old girl would make a decision to get on the F and ride it to 22nd Avenue-Bay Parkway only to wait for the B6 bus long enough to realize that, by now, her parents would be gone for work, and that she should just turn around, walk back up to the elevated train platform, and go back home. Only a 16 year old girl would be excited by Jerry Springer episodes and Chinese combination lunch specials.
Only a 16 year old girl would make a decision to smoke pot (not just a little, but a lot, and enough to exclaim "i think this is laced!" to the cool Park Slope boys who probably thought she smoked pot on the regular) and then go home to reveal it as her parents draped wet washcloths across her forehead bearing faces she couldn't read. Only a 16 year old girl would feel innocent in doing so.
Only a 16 year old girl would make a decision to cheat again on her boyfriend with the 17 year old cousin of her long-time family friend at her younger brother's Bar-Mitzvah under the desk in the Rabbi's office. Only a 16 year old girl would sneak off, nervously still holding the fork she was eating chicken with when he leaned over and said
"You wanna go somewhere?"
All were stupid decisions that only a 16 year old girl would make. She thought there was plenty of time to make up for bad decisions with good decisions later in life, down the line, another time, some other day, just not then.
Posted by Sylvie Morgan Brown at 20.6.10