Does that ever really happen? Do you ever truly outgrow the teenage version of yourself? I think yes and no. Yes, you learn and you grow and you develop thoughts and opinions and everything. However, no, you still hold on to some pieces of childish innocence and fun in your life, if you're lucky. Take, for example, me. My enjoyment of the teenage literature and movie culture craze - the Twilight phenomenon. I'm one of those for sure...however, I'm not the extreme, but I haven't ignored it either. Last fall, I went to the midnight showing of New Moon. It was quite the experience. And I'm not embarrassed to admit that I was there...I found it hysterical that my fellow movie goers were women both teenage and middle-aged and a smattering of young men too. The crowd definitely hooted and squealed when certain male cast members graced the stage. The teenage me had a great time and you know what, the adult me had fun too...it helped that I didn't have to be at work the next day.
And now, fantastic fate has added to my teenage glee. I discovered a fantastic new cupcake shop in downtown Elmhurst. Fabulous and delicious! I wish I'd found them sooner. Apparently they even make a margarita cupcake that sounds yummy! However, I digress...check out the perfect combo of teenage angst and cupcake wonder...
Now the teenage self knows that eating this will be yummy and a good reward for a hard workout. The adult self doesn't feel much different but knows exactly the points value and how long that workout will have to be. But it was worth it. Actually - this was almost as yummy as our wedding cake. And trust me, our wedding cake was irreplaceable!
The morale of this "saga" (ha, ha - fellow Twi-hards will understand) is that new bakeries are always great to try and you never know what you'll find. And never let go of the teenage you...I'm certain that without her, I'd miss out on great books, movies and definitely good times over popcorn with friends and silly movies or late night talks with my sister and of course that crushy feeling about the love of your life. I'm just lucky to still have all these pieces in my world. Go teenage me!