Cough, cough--Groan--Oh my back!

The past two weeks have shown me something: I'm not getting any younger.

It's not that I'm all that old, but time seems to have gone somewhere. I'm writing a YA novel with the main character being a 16 year old girl. I find myself looking back on when I was 16, trying to pull from my experiences. It'd hard, because, you  know, that was AGES ago it seems!

Actually, I can't believe how long it's been. But, over the last couple of weeks, I got sick, got a little better, got much worse, and thought I was about to die. Yeah. A stupid cold that might have made me feel a little bad in the past, but never would have gotten me out of school (my mom was one of those moms that made me go to school unless I was bleeding to death or had a 115 degree fever), had me laid up in bed for almost 2 weeks.

It reminded me of the week my parents went to Israel, and I got stuck with the colon infection. Yes, that IS as  bad as it sounds, but it got me out of school for a week.

That memory led to others, and pretty soon, I was lost in Memoryland, replaying all the heartache and angst, boycraziness and dork moment that I had when I was growing up. Actually, it was pretty useful to my book. 

At the same time, it just made me feel old. Then I sat on the couch, watched my husband playing video games, and reminded myself that if he could act like a zit-riddled teenage dork then so can I!! Is that a good thing? ;-)


Stephanie Jenkins said...

Your mom sounds like mine. I used to try to get out of school but I never succeeded. Of couse, when your mom teaches at your high school, you're pretty much screwed anyway ;) Great post and you're so not old!

Krista Ashe said...

Aw, it's funny how even when we get older and get sick, we still want to be young and have someone take care of us. And like Steph said, we're not that old. But I know what you mean. I feel like i'm experiencing the last half of my junior year when I had a chemical imbalance and chronic fatitgue. Sighs, it sucked them, and it's sucking again! Glad to know you're feeling better!