Category: Teenage Years

Smotherly Love

I remember saying to someone when I was about 12 or so, “I think I’d like to be a comedian when I grow up”, completely naive to the fact that ascending to any reasonable level of income in that field…

Object of His Affection

I never quite detected any real affection from my dad (father #2) when I was a kid and, as detailed in many prior stories, he seemed to be a never ending source of disappointment. I want to believe that he…

Cultivating a Garden

By the time I began my junior high school years and could articulate my thoughts on a reasonable level, I started talking to teachers. Not that often in a controlled environment like the classroom but in all the casual haunts…

The Virginia Hall of Fame

Virginia was the bad girl…the junior high bad girl who occupied a special niche in school culture. There could only be one Virginia because it took such unbelievable balls to beĀ  the junior high school bad girl, so nearly all…