I was thinking maybe I would start doing some book reviews for teens. I noticed there are quite a few books on psychic things in the teen section at my library. And yes, I suppose it might be a little weird that someone of my age is perusing the teen section, but I happen to like Stephanie Meyer, Libba Bray and Meg Cabot. What can I say?

You know, it's funny because I sucked at being a teen when I was one. Then a year or so down the road and I was all about listening to them and helping them. Well, actually, that's pretty much what went on when I WAS a teen...you know the girl, the one where the guys all talk to her about their girl troubles. *grin* It wasn't really that bad. It was really more the girls and their problems. And some of my friends had some real issues.

A couple months ago I had a reunion (I'm not sayin' how many years it's been!) and I was surprised at what one of the girls shared with me. I have wondered for a long time about those teen movies where there is always some really witchy girl who tries to make life miserable for the other girls. I didn't know anyone like that. Or the jocks who were just rude pigs. I knew there were a few guys who drank and acted stupid, but until that one night at the reunion, I didn't realize some of the boys I went to school with, those jocks, had actually spit at at least this one girl! Yeah, spit! She was walking in the hall, probably from the cafeteria to the front end of the school where there were benches along the wall and guys sat and girl watched (very awkward if you noticed a run in your stockings!). *grin* I was horrified when she told me this. I couldn't believe it. And it was still difficult for her, all these years later. I was surprised she even wanted to attend the reunion. But, it had been a long time! (Yes, I'm well past my prime!)

There were a lot of things I learned at this reunion, things I must've been completely blind to have not known. Or at least I was just unaware because I didn't know these people then, not having any classes with them. I actually made friends with a few people I didn't know then. That's been nice.

Anyway, the point is this: Being a teenager in any tine period is just hard! And the young people we get letters from here at GP are struggling with regular stuff as well as their own psychic issues. I hope we find a way to reach out to them and help them see they are not alone, they are not crazy, and their gifts are meant for the betterment of the world we all live in. That's a high hope, but I think we can probably nail it.

Here's to the future, to the kids who ARE our future, who bring Hope and Love with them for all our sakes. May they be blessed, happy, and know their specialness so they might grow and blossom into magnificent Be-ings!

Much love and respect,

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