Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop has a prompt this week about “what day in your life you would relive if you had to pick one”. I’d like to relive a whole year – my Senior year in high school. I just finished reading a book my friend Lisa lent me – “Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen. It’s a fascinating novel whose main characters are high school students. Yes, it’s a Young Adult novel, but it’s more well-written than 90% of the mainstream fiction I’ve read lately, so I’m learning to get past the labels. Anyway, the author manages to capture the intensity of emotions at that age as well as the total lack of perspective. Remember how the small issues seemed huge, and how time moved differently for a teenager than it did for an adult? It took me back to my own teenage years, which really were wonderful. The best, though, was my Senior year. I adored school, had fantastic teachers and made fabulous grades. I was involved in a whole slew of extracurricular activities with a wide variety of friends. I had a part-time job I enjoyed, a mom who trusted my judgement, a sweet boyfriend, and a car with a sunroof. Most importantly, I really liked myself. Oh, sure, I thought my size-three butt was too big and my A-cup boobs were too small, but what teenage girl is truly happy with her appearance? I wasn’t the cutest girl in school, or the smartest, or the most popular, but I was no slacker in any department. What it came down to was that I was CONFIDENT. I wasn’t afraid to try anything, go anywhere, talk to anyone about anything. My family had told me so often for so many years that I was smart, pretty, and a hard worker that I BELIEVED them. That was a magical year for me, and a year full of decisions that would shape the rest of my life. I’m so grateful for the gift of confidence in myself that my family gave me, and I hope I’ve given something similar to Aaron, who’s only got a couple of months left of his Senior year. Oh, and yes, I do have a “girl mullet” in my Senior picture, and sometimes I’d spike it up into a Pat Benetar ‘do – it WAS 1984.