I think I’ve always known there’s nothing special about me.  I’m just your average, slightly overweight teenager with not much else going for her.  If you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll probably say… Jenny?  She’s a nice girl.  Nice.  Possibly the most boring word in the English language.

I couldn’t be more different from the pretty, trendy, outgoing teenage girls the boy next door regularly parades around the town.

But my heart is no different from theirs.  It feels just as deeply, breaks just as easily and loves just as passionately.

And I have loved him all my life.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
8 months ago

You brought a big smile to my face Linda. Teen age years, how difficult, till you get older, then you understand they were the best years, but only when you have your own teenagers, and hear them say, you don’t understand, Mother/Father. And yes, we are all the same in our own different ways. A lovely 100 words.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

It keeps me smiling, Linda. Eric is right, those years are the best years of our life. Where I can do whatever I want and I can go wherever and whenever I want. But now, as I am getting older, I am not a teenager anymore, I have different priorities, different lifestyles but my heart beats the same as a teenager.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

Yes, you also Linda. You’re welcome.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
8 months ago

I hope this lovely young girl becomes a writer so she can share her inner world and be understood. That won’t help much with the “popular” crowd, but it will open a much more wonderful community to her. Great story, Linda. By the way, I must be the only person here who doesn’t think the teen years are the best years of a person’s life. Far from it! The beauty of getting older must be a well-kept secret, but life really does get better and better with each decade. True freedom only comes after 60, for sure!!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

I concur Julie. My teenage years and the mental torture I was subjected to ruined my self esteem and self confidence for life.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago

You almost wrote the story of my teenage years there, Linda. I was very skinny and had (still have) extremely curly, frizzy hair. My mum made me keep it very short though. We’d also moved to the North East from ‘down south’ when I was seven. So I spoke differently. It all culminated in a lot of unpleasant name calling and bullying, mainly from the girls. So I never stood a chance of even speaking to any of the boys I might have liked. I really hope that life improves for your poor protagonist.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago
Reply to  Linda Rock

I guess I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it hadn’t been for my childhood experiences. I know it made me far more empathetic than most of my fellow student nurses when I went into my training. It’s made me far more accepting of other peoples faults. But it wasn’t pleasant at the time. A couple of years back, one of the girls actually messaged me, via someone else, with an apology. She said she didn’t know why she’d been so horrid because she actually thought I was a really nice person. As I often say now, there really is no accounting for the cruelty of children.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
8 months ago

Linda, I think many people can relate to your story. You portrayed the feelings and thoughts of your protagonist so well. Great story.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Your story probably opens up memories of similar experiences for many of us, Linda. The sentence about the protagonist’s heart – the heart (!) of your story – is food for thought and deepens the perspective.
We, who were the quiet and shy teenagers, without a strong and outgoing personality, were often considered “nice”, while envying the bold and confident ones. But they didn’t become writers as we did! ?

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

What a nice story, Linda. Teenage years, their troubles and their love affairs. I almost totally lost my self-esteem as a result of my teenage years. But I’m grateful to God I was able to get back on track. Christina Aguilera did a great deal in the song, ‘Beautiful’.

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