One of the highlights of my job (most of the time) is listening to side conversations that go on between teenagers when I'm "not listening." (I think it goes without saying that these conversations can sometimes be frightening/disturbing/disgusting as well; but, for the most part, I teach good kids...) Anyway, this morning they actually invited me in to one of their conversations about moms. It went something like this:
STUDENT A: "Is Joe's* mom a cute mom?"
STUDENT B: "I don't think any mom of kids our age is cute."
ME: "WHAT?!?! There are lots of cute moms of teenagers. You should see my mom, she is adorable!" (It's true. And, yes, I realize I am not a teenager.)
STUDENT B: "It is a weird phase between being a cute young mom and a cute old mom."
STUDENT A: "Yea, like the second awkward stage of life."
So... There you have it. There is such a thing as a SECOND AWKWARD STAGE. Great news for all of us just finally starting to feel comfortable in our own skin - sun spots, stretchmarks, and all...
At first I thought my mom totally disproved this theory (she is really super cute; and, I have her genes - so, surely, I'm in the clear); BUT, then I remembered the 1990s. If anyone escaped that era without looking at least a little bit awkward and uncute, I'd like to know about it. Sorry Mom, but those weren't your finest years. ;)
Now, I'm panicking a little bit. Naturally.
What stage am I in now? Am I (have I?) fully embracing the cute young mom stage? How long will this stage last? Does my skin care and exercise routine now directly correlate to my cute old mom status? Will Sam's future friends refer to me as being in my "second awkward stage"?
This is almost too much for me to bear.
Tell me... What do you think? Is there such a thing as a "second awkward stage"? If so (oh geez) what will you do to prepare? OR, how did you survive and come out on the cute side of old? Haha!
Anyway, happy Friday! Obviously I'll be getting Botox, liposuction, and a dye job this weekend - with Sam's best interests in mind, of course.*Name changed to protect the innocent (and his mom)