10 Reasons I’m Forever Young
Me, circa 1994.
Wish I still had those shades… and dress. Polka dots are back.
Because I commissioned India to give me a hair wrap… last week.
Because Allory and I created a “meal” in college called Spaghettos. It’s cheerios, pasta sauce and a spoon. And surprisingly, it’s good. More surprisingly, we prefer it over other foods.
Because yesterday I ate two Ring Pops at work, today I ate one.
Because I still think overalls are cool, but more importantly, I still think they are wearable.
Circa 2000, excuse my teeth, it was pre-braces.
Because this one time, when I was 8, I cut my own hair. Another time, from ages 16 to 19, I cut my own hair. I still cut my own bangs.
Because of these excerpts from my pre-school parent/teacher conference report circa 1996:
“Helena’s natural role is that of a leader and at times she has problems when other children try to take that role from her.” Yeah.
“Helena is a verbal child who speaks in a loud, clear voice.” Well, yeah.
“…she is good at cutting with scissors and can hold a paintbrush” I am artsy, aren’t I?
“she enjoys […] riding the bikes” Whatup suburban biking and SoulCycle.
“At group time, Helena can wait her turn, although you can see by her facial expression that she wants to add to the conversation going on.” This is still very, very real.
Because I still make friendship bracelets like my sanity and livelihood depends on it. I fear but also look forward to the day that statement will replace “like” with “because”.
Because In high school I started (read: forced) a tie-dye craze amongst my friends and summer camp community. I still have a giant kit for it at home, just these huge jars of powder dye, because that’s how the SERIOUS crafters do it.
9. Because I still wear my Disneyworld sweatshirt from 1997. It’s funny because when I wear it, people think I’m hipster, but I actually just love Disney/that sweatshirt/that family vacation.
As seen at McSorley’s
Because it’s genetic and if you’ve met my dad you’ll agree. If you haven’t met him, just look at this picture and you’ll understand.