Blushing teenage boys

School is winding to a close for students in the city.  As a result, kids are staring to be out and about during weekdays.  With no summer schedules or routines yet in place, youth are finding ways to fill their time – at least, until the time is filled for them.

So, on my walk this morning, I passed by four high-school boys standing on the side of the street.  My guess is that the “boys” (nearly men) were recent graduates – they had that “I’m-confident-‘cause-I-just-graduated-but-really-I’m-nervous-‘cause-I-know-my-life-is-about-to-change-forever” air about them.  Anyway, the four young men had one skateboard between them.  One in the crowd would take the board and demonstrate a trick (or attempt a maneuver) while the others watched, critiqued, and offered pointers on how to do it better next time.  It was really quite sweet.

As I approached the group, the activity ‘coolly’ slowed.  Casually, leisurely, nonchalantly [read: very calculatingly and methodically], the demonstrations and conversations winded down as I came within ear-shot – then completely stopped as I physically passed by.  Once I cleared the gathering, and my back was safely to the gentlemen, I heard the skateboard tricks resume: wheels once again clacked against the street, tennis shoes scuffed loose gravel, advice was offered/stated.

Despite their bravado, exterior assuredness, and ‘self-confidence’, these 17- and 18-year-old kids were just that: kids.  They didn’t want to mess up or sound silly in front of some random woman walking down the street; they wanted to be cool.

So I found it hilarious that I – a small, unassuming, approaching-middle-age woman – could wield that much influence over four large, loud, teenage boys, solely by my physical presence.  I also found it sweet that, despite their best pretenses, they really do care.


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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12 Responses to Blushing teenage boys

  1. Hi Stef,
    Maybe you have an aura that is beyond your ‘physical prescence’.
    be good to yourself


  2. Touch2Touch says:

    I’m glad to hear this —
    there’s still respect and self-consciousness and a modicum of diffidence in the world!


  3. Awww. It’s so nice to know some teenagers still care enough to blush!


  4. barb19 says:

    It’s nice to see that some young men can still show respect to their elders – I think it’s so sweet how they reacted as you passed by!


  5. narami says:

    I love teenagers. Every time I have the opportunity to work or do something with/for teenagers I wonder if I chose a wrong career path only because I honestly think they are the awesomest sample of humanity and it’s so satisfying and wonderful to hear them and share with them.


    • Stef says:

      Teenagers can be amazing. (I think they can also be frustrating as all get-out, but I try to remember *all* that they are going through [emotionally, hormonally, life-wise], and then I feel compassion for them.) And considering all they go through, I think most of them do incredibly well! 🙂


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