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Author: Judy Blume
Well, it's that time of the year again--welcome back to your second (or 3rd!) week of school!!! Hopefully your eyes are somewhat open, your brain is somewhat operational, and the school cafeteria is serving something that is somewhat edible!
What better way to start off the first month of a reading blog for teens than with one of America's most famous teen authors, the one and only Judy Blume. I know, I know--before you freak out and yell, "Who in the heck is she? We want John Green!" well, just calm yourself. Sure, she's a little old school (I will admit that I read her books a billion years ago when I was in school) but she is awesome--she's a renegade writer whose books have even been banned in some schools for dealing openly and honestly with subjects such as racism, divorce, bullying, and sex (OMG!). Her books include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Superfudge, and Blubber. (Fun-fact for teen slang users: she even wrote an adult novel called Wifey in 1979!) But enough history already! (I mean, you're probably already scheduled to have History Class sometime today anyway. . . ).
So let's talk about her quote. It's the beginning of the school year, a time when everyone is giving everyone else advice--advice on how to pass the hardest math class ever, how to make friends, how to step up your style game, and how to check your phone without getting caught. Re-read Blume's quote again. (Go ahead--I'll wait here.) She says her "only" advice is 3 things: being aware, listening, and reaching out for help. However, did you notice in the next sentence she sneaks in a little more advice? She adds that common sense and humor can also be pretty useful tools to help you get through life. Most of us do a decent job of listening and seeing what's going on around us, but how many of us ask--or even dare to "yell"--for help when we need it? And do you remember to find the humor in tough situations?
Renegade Thought of the Day: What do you think of Blume's advice? Do you take it or leave it? What would you add?
*It might be interesting for you to know that Blume wrote this advice for parents of teenagers. It's on her blog under a section titled "Tales of a Mother / Confessor." Do you think her advice to parents is good? What advice would you give to parents for how to deal effectively with their teens? (Feel free to post your answers down below for others to read!)
Renegade Action: Dare to be bold and ask for help when you need it. (And who knows--if you speak up, you may even empower others to do the same).
Bonus Bandit Soundbyte! Click on the video below to check out director Baz Luhrmann's song "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen," based on an essay by newspaper columnist Mary Schmich. Yup--it's an advice track. What advice stands out to you the most?