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The Awkward Age

Thirteen is the odd man out. Was it ever that way, when did it ever stop being so?

The Awkward Age
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The Awkward Age
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If eight was the first awkward age—'too old for Mother Goose and too young for Lolita'—then 13 was the next. No longer entitled to childlike innocence, not yet ready for adult insouciance. You simply didn't fit in, and to add to your discomfiture, neither did your clothes. At that age, 'too short, too tight' was not a flaunt, it was a taunt.

Your body flew in all directions thanks to the hormonal storm raging within you. They say girls bloom in their teens and boys sink into despair. It's true, a 15-year-old girl is a damned sight better than her brother at the same age, but that's because 15 is when female adolescence has begun to find its stride. It's not just about setting off and tripping over awkward extrusions above your waist and disconcerting emanations below it. As I remember it, 13 was a bleeding nuisance.

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