Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Moving into the Teen Years

I made it through the rest of the elementary period of my education without any major mishaps. Back then elementary school consisted of kindergarten through sixth grade. Because I was born a few weeks after Labor Day, I started school late, so that by the time I was done with elementary school I was 12. Because of the restructuring of the school system, my sixth grade class was the last one that would be considered part of elementary education. The following year, middle school would consist of sixth and seventh grades, while eighth grade would be in the high school.

My one year in middle school was fun. That's where I initially got into music. I sang in the seventh grade chorus. I even tried out for a solo, but I was so nervous that my leg shook like crazy while I was auditioning. There was that shyness again! 

During my third week of seventh grade I turned 13. Anyone that has ever been or raised a 13-year old girl knows how fraught with turmoil that age is. There's the question of wearing makeup--yes, no, and if so, how much. My mother never wore makeup so she wasn't sure how to approach that situation. I will say that she let me start wearing it at 13, and that I wore lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara. Looking back, I know I was way too heavy-handed with the eye makeup. If I had it to do over again, there's no way I would've started wearing makeup at 13. I go through phases in my adult life where I wear none at all and I know that my face looks perfectly fine without it. Most days you'll see me with eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss on. I wear foundation during the winter because the New England weather is so harsh on the skin, but it's not something I feel like I need to wear.


  1. Awww yes, the teen years. Can't wait to hear more of your middle school life. Mine was ho-hum and I don't really remember much about it.

  2. I don't think TW was allowed to wear makeup until she started working and, even then, it didn't help much. Now she doesn't wear it at all again. She's convinced that nothing will help. Make sure you buy paraben-free makeup because parabens have been cited as a cause of the mutation of breast genes. The rare times TW wears any, she wears Emani since it's cheaper than Origins.

  3. The teen years were a horror. I didn't start wearing makeup until I was about 15 and ooooh I looked hideous. Next year I'll be fifty and I have to say that it gets easier and better to be a woman as I grow older. As for makeup these days if I have time and only when I feel like it. Toki sends prrrrrs