Alex and I have been watching Friday Night Lights religiously this summer. From fiction’s safe distance, we can explore the torturous, thrilling lives of teens and the adults who love and fail them. We rage at their blindness, weep for their losses, and rejoice in their redemption.
It’s more than a guilty pleasure. We’re getting ready to move into a small dormitory with twelve boarding school students; a few dozen more will be in my classes; hundreds more will cross my path. All of us, teens and adults alike, will be doing our best, battling fear, seeking clarity, sharing joy.
Help me out: do you have a story about a time when an adult got it right–a time when an adult reached you, or you reached a teen, at just the right time? I’d love to hear it.
In the meantime, check out the anthem for today’s post: Kim Simpson’s “Joey Superteen” (track #2 on the linked site).