Whenever an article about raising children advises that we hug our teenagers more — I inwardly cringe. Do we need to pretend to be shocked every time? I ended things quickly, after realising that his interest wasn't based on who I was, but rather, who I wasn't. But I think this is how all teenage girls feel, at the heart of themselves. The desperation for love and glamour, of knowing things and being known, consumes you for a short time. It's your eagerness to be the smaller person that singles you out.
Saturday 17 November
It's taken me 30 years, but I'm proud to say I'm ginger. I want us to acknowledge the brokenness that leads to these stories, and see them as the result of a sickness, and not the entire sickness. The man who seduced me as a teenager wasn't talented or intelligent, or even a capable adult. He was in his late twenties, doing an MA in computer science, and would dutifully wait until my lunch break so I could text back. I've been a mom by profession for the past 17 years.