Today we had a misunderstanding over something posted on Instagram. It was one of her friends who posted what appeared to me as a cry for help. I commented and asked why she was depressed and if everything was ok at school and home. I thought I was being a responsible adult.To protect identities I will not write the exact caption, but after a discussion with the Teen; I learned she had posted song lyrics. It's popular music but I've never heard of it. The friend was apparently upset that I thought she was troubled. In my defense it was a public post. Public!
Tonight at 31 years old, I felt old. An old foogie. Who also has no idea what's popular apparently, and can't wrap my brain around why music so depressing and emo would be so popular? Ughhh, so confusing!
I got to thinking about back when I was in my teens which was the mid to late 90's of the things in our culture that parents just didn't understand. We had a song titled just that, "Parents just Don't Understand". Remember that little Will Smith tune? The 90's brought the start of the baggy/saggy look. We had our questionable icons too; Kurt Cobain and the start of grunge, Marilyn Manson and the start of emo. Oh man, after our pastor caught wind of Marilyn Manson he preached an entire Sunday morning sermon against that character. If you liked his music you had to be underground about it because all the parents now knew what a demonistic satan worshiper he was. He was going to hell and taking as many kids with him as he could. Don't let your teen be one of them!
Kurt and Marilyn were not everyone's cup of tea. Personally my music identity of my youth was the pop princesses. 🎶🎶"Hit me baby one more time"🎶🎶. Loved it 😍! Brittany wasn't a satan worshiper but she was slutty. None of it was our parents music. They had a different style in their generation. As does every generation...now that I sit here and think about it.
Just when I think I almost have this teen stuff figured out I realize this is still a work in progress. I just want to be the best aunt, example and caregiver I can be!
Just for fun, I wanted to show off her new BLUE hair! This is for a school fundraiser for I think the local food bank. $10 donation for the pantry gives the students a pass to have the craziest hair possible for all of December.