Hey what’s the answer to number 4
and why do we have to go to school in the first place?
What did Sam say about me in the hall
and why is every kid I know terrified to disappoint their parents?
Why do parents terrify their kids in any way at all?
How are we supposed to read this chapter by Friday
and how can I accept other’s ridicule that comes from me just being myself?
Did you see what someone wrote on the bathroom stall?
It would do us more good if adults admitted
when they’re wrong
or that they don’t know the answer
instead of pretending
or that they do.
My older sister said she’s frenchkissed Tommy
but why do people keep insisting that one day, one person will magically meet
all my needs?
for the rest of my life?
How do I pack my own lunch
and why does everyone seem to have their own sexual abuse story
and why does it make us feel better to have this in common?
Does everyone have something to prove
and do we all have the same problems when it really comes down to it?
Do other people still exist when I’m not looking at them?
Can God still read my thoughts if I don’t believe in him?
I like the shark on your trapper keeper.
These aren’t questions nor venting. They’re a comprehensive statement using this fashion of rhetoric. I’m moved by it.
Edit: After reading “I like the shark on your trapper keeper” I find myself extremely moved by it, it’s full-circle, and gives a real sense of relativity between the issues etc. put on our young ones compared to their few and trivial delights…
@danfontaine, I’d suppose her reason is bringing/refreshing a first-person view on what the idiocracy of our world puts on our sensitive and innocent young ones. Expanding awareness and increasing it’s angles. That’s my supposition, perhaps she has a different answer
@nightowl, I do commend her style. It is straight to the point thanks to the abstraction and the organization of the commentary.
But who commentates honestly on something that isn’t pertinent to them? I don’t feel like any objectivity is being given rise too is all I’m saying (I don’t see how it is full circle to you). A well told tale of a teenage girl none the less.
@danfontaine, I feel it’s pertinent to us all as long as it happens in our world. Frankly it happened to us.
It’s full-circle in that it starts with “Hey what’s the answer to number 4” and ends with “I like the shark on your trapper keeper”, being the natural context for the abstract statements contained within
When I read it, I got the feeling it wasn’t teen-age, but quite younger.
It’s a similar style to that used by South Park. Using the perspective of kids with innocence and some common sense to really paint a different picture of ideas and issues that society has clouded with hype, agendas, political and religious polarisation and extremism and the ideas of fanatics.
Kids have little experience. Often they are taught “lessons” on life by adults who know better and have to take them on face value. Often these lessons don’t make sense.without the context. Often parents and teachers from a generation that was more socially and emotionally repressed, suspicious and bitter will give a few life lessons that bring kids up into a specific mindset. Even though much of this doesn’t make sense to them, they accept it because they trust and believe in their elders and believe the commonly used “you’ll get it when you’re older”.
Children have the boldness to ask questions that adults have often given up asking either because they’ve falling into some pre-packaged belief system that ‘explains’ all of these ‘sticky questions’ or because they’ve decided that they’re not relevant to their immediate needs and problems.
@d503, Use less words or I’m not going to read any of your shit. No one thinks you’re smart.
Everyone thinks their selves are smart and this is the true golden rule.
If someone bothers to read your whole shit it’s because they have been delusioned by people like you into believing their own thoughts aren’t worth shit. Or they’re just bored as FUCK.