FOR TEENAGERS

Staying true to who you really are

When I was in high school, I had a group of girlfriends whom I'd been close to since grade school. We shared everything with each other. I didn't ever want to give them up, even when things started to change. My friends started drinking and behaving in ways that made me uncomfortable. I thought at first that I could handle it by just hanging out with the crowd and pretending to enjoy myself.

There was a large wooded park a few miles from our homes where my friends and I would go on weekend nights after dark. We would meet some other teenagers there and have a party by the light of pickup truck head beams. They chose this place to meet because there were no parents around. Lots of drinking and other inappropriate activities would go on.

November 6, 1995
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