Girl, Uninterrupted

Yesterday was “International Day of the Girl”. Did you know that? I didn’t. I thought it was “International Day of the Conference Call”.

CNN.com asked some of the most impressive women in the world what they’d tell their 15-year-old self. I won’t tell you how many times I tried to link that article to this post and failed. Just know that I tried. ¬†WordPress is getting under my nerves. I digress.

Here’s what I would tell my 15-year-old self if I could:

  • Even though they are driving you crazy right now – your family will be the most important thing in your life.
  • Although you’ve been plotting to get the hell out of Pennsylvania – in about 20 years you’ll be back – and love it.
  • Be kind to everyone. You have no idea what they are going through.
  • In 4 years you’ll meet the man you’ll spend the rest of your life with. Sorry. It won’t be David Canfield. You’ll do much better.
  • Go get your eyebrows waxed. Today. Now.
  • All the reasons you think you’re goofy, dorky and weird will be all the reasons why people love you. Lighten up.

Not as eloquent as Melinda Gates or Oprah – but there you have it.

I couldn’t find a picture of myself at 15 – but here’s one that’s close enough. Yes, that’s a maroon velvet vest I’m wearing. There may or may not have been a matching skort on the bottom.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hlthaker
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 11:06:09

    First of all, not only is that vest maroon, it’s also corduroy! Love it. Next, why does it look like you haven’t aged AT ALL? That picture basically looks like you now, but with a bad haircut. Not fair!

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  2. April Perry
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 15:24:36

    AWWW! What a cute pic!

    Reply

  3. Marsha
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 18:06:55

    It’s very Partridge Family! Adorable!

    Reply

  4. deedee
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 08:02:55

    couldn’t agree with Hetal any more! Some how some way you don’t seem to age like the rest of us…Beautiful then, beautiful now!

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  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 12:15:22

    excellent and you were cute as a button

    Reply

  6. wifemothereventplanner
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 15:50:25

    You are all awesome for saying that. Secretly I think you just want me to keep posting groovy 80’s shots of myself – you are enabling my cheesiness. That’s why I love you all!

    Reply

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