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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Passion! Adam was my passion in high school. With all the seriousness of life, I would love to be stupid about something again. One of my very favorite memories is a college field trip to San Francisco's Ocean Beach in college with my paleontology class to visit the rock formations. My best friend Beth went with me because we were seeing Adam Ant in Concord afterwards.

When we get to the beach, it has since become a nudist beach and the professor can't show us the rock formations because there are naked formations in front of it. And he's getting ticked. This can still make me giggle right out loud seeing his frustrated expression. Life never goes as we expect, does it? We obviously got more of an education than we were expecting that day. LOL

But back to Adam. My daughter watches the Stand & Deliver video on YouTube now and she swoons, "He looks nice, Mommy." Okay, so he's a robbing highwayman in the video, but he does, in fact, look nice. The giggly child in all of us should never go away. People get old and they get too serious!

This year, I'm 41 and I'm going to the David Crowder concert in the same venue I saw Adam 24 years ago. Gosh, that is pathetic and cathartic all at once. What do you do to keep your inner teen alive?
posted at 11:49 AM  
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At 12:23 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Do you mean I'm NOT still a teen? Oh my, I didn't realize that. :o)

I work with teens in drama at chuch. I've never forgotten what it was like to be one, so I really enjoy teenages and get along with them.

I enjoyed my own kids as teenagers. Is that sick or what?

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Girls and I went to the American Idol tour. On the pro side were all the clean-cut peeps there, on the con side...were all the clean cut peeps who refused to stand and dance!

Rest assured, the girls and I stood, danced and screamed like fools...much to the chagrin of those polite folks sitting near us ;)

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Ane working with teens is fabulous! I love that junior high age, too, and I know that's being a freak of nature. But that is such a crappy time in life, and it can be so fun if you have the right outlook!

Julie, we had friends that went to that concert with their kids too, they had a really great time.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

To stay connected to my inner teen, I dab Clean & Clear on my zits. I'm 53. :)

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Katy, you have to invest in good facials. At least when we're older we can afford to take care of these things. LOL

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Tina said...

My hubby and I listen to the 80's XM station and laugh and share funny stories about it. We didn't know each other as teens, so it is one thing we have in common about times back then.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Travis Erwin said...

I sing along to Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend.

Wait that doens't make me teenlike ... it makes me weird.

Scratch this entire comment. It never happened.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

All I need to do to keep my inner teen alive is watch my 10 year old daughter get dressed in her leggings and long tee shirts.

And once in a while I'll pop Better off Dead into the DVD player and watch John Cusack work his magic.

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Travis, you gotta have a little inner teen if you can understand that song! It goes so fast! LOL I have "Sweet Escape" as my ring on my phone and it's embarrassing when it rings, but why change it? It's a fun song. I also run to "Hips Don't Lie" which is sad, but man that Latin music makes you move. LOL

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

Ya know, I love concerts but for me a chick flick is just the thing. I like watching those stupid Gidget movies or Ozzie & Harriet. I loved Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. (Is that the name of it?)

Give me a chick flick any day!

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Kay said...

I have never given up crushes. I try to look at pictures of Johnny Depp as often as possible. LOL

Don't get me wrong. I'm not talking adult lust. I'm talking teenaged swooning.

My grandma in her mid 80's would flirt with any good looking man around!

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Kay, I want to meet your grandma! She sounds so fun! And yes, a good chick flick is the best. I miss the politically incorrect ones like Sixteen Candles though.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

David who???? LOL. He was here this summer and Ed was going to get us passes then he got sick. Bummer.

I still like a lot of that music and I'm old as dirt LOL.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

Oh, always keep an 80s greatest hits CD handy (make sure it's sung by the original singers). I'm now digging for my 80s pins. Remember when it was cool to have a denim jacket and scatter pins on it? Well, I have been informed by my 15yo that this is IN again and I must find my 'genuine vintage' pins so she can wear them. Yes, there was LOTS crappy about being a teenager but I try to remember the high points. staying up late to watch Friday Night Videos (we didn't have MTV)...

At 11:51 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I'm still a teenager, but it's weird being a junior in college and 19. I was always really serious through high school and I felt like I missed out on so much fun. However, I mentor high schoolers during the summer and a lot of them keep in touch throughout the year. I feel like I'm going through the fun parts of high school that I missed, and it's really great! Especially when I can get in my car and DRIVE away when I get tired of it! haha!

At 12:20 PM, Blogger bonniehoffmaster said...

oh my gosh - Adam Ant was like totally (hehe) my biggest crush when I was a teen! my bestie Karen and I would listen to him for hours on end and I was determined I was going to marry him when I grew up - and I had pins of him on my jacket! LOL thanks for the memory...=0)

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Kristin, I'm a Director of Youth Ministries at my church, so I work with teenagers daily! I love them. I'm only 23, so it wasn't that long ago that I was one of them too. And your'e not a freak of nature if you like Jr Highers. They're my favorite. So fun and have free spirits. The scary part is that being a teenager today is so much harder and scarier than it ever used to be, even 10 years ago when i was one of them!

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Kay said...

My flirty grandma would be 104 if she were still alive. She died on her 95th birthday. But you can meet her later ;)


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