By: Ruby Tuesday
So here I sit, a 40 something female. I like to see myself as a throw back from the sixties. My son on the other hand says that I am just embarrassing and crazy. What does he know at 15? I sit and ponder at my last comment “what does he know?” Well, I think back to being 15, and from what I remember……. I knew it all!! Oh yes, there was nothing, and I mean nothing, I didn’t know. I had it all figured out.
By the time I was 16, I was quitting school and getting me a nice little job up the road at the Life Jacket Factory. Perfect!! No more school and no more mom telling me what to do. I was gonna save up and get me an apartment. I’d have the coolest little set up ever. I can still see it in my mind’s eye.
On December 18th sometime in the late 70’s, which is my birthday that I share with Keith Richards (explains my craziness), The Who was playing on the TV. I was turning 16. Well YEE FREAKIN HAW! We had all dropped a couple of hits of Acid (or A-Bomb). What a party……. I think.
When Monday morning rolled around I insisted on telling my mom my little plan. You know, the one with the job and my own apartment. I couldn’t believe my ears! She says to me “What a great idea!” Can you believe it? What a great freakin idea! My mom is the coolest ever! Then she gives me a big smile and says, “as soon as you get the job, we'll sit down and figure out your room and board”. “WHAT?” I say, “I can’t afford room and board, I’m saving for my cool little apartment”. At that point my mom sprang the “nothing in life is free” speech at me.
After the lovely little speech, my mother then earned the pet name Grezelda.
Grezelda let the little speech soak in for a few days. I was then informed that if I attended school, I could live there free and mother dearest (Grezelda) would support me. No school….. no freebies. Unfortunately, since I had my “major plan” I had missed so much school (168 days), that I was unable to get all my credits. Brilliant!! More time in school. Now What?
To be continued……..
Teenage wasteland, oh yeah they’re all wasted!
The Who – Yes Album
Posted on Tue, February 7, 2012
by Ruby Tuesday filed under