So, for fun, I thought it would be kind of neat to write a short-story of me interacting with my 13-year-old self. Needless to say, I didn’t have too much trouble putting it together.
Ken (age 32): Just wait till you get to be my age!
Ken(age 13): You mean I actually survive till my 30’s?
Ken 32: Of course you do! What makes you say that.
Ken 13: You forget, I’m in middle school….in Dallas.
Ken 32: Relax! It can’t be that bad.
Ken 13: You DO have bad memory then. I’m itchy…smelly…and constantly feel awkward.
Ken 32: It’s called puberty! You’ll get pass it.
Ken 13: That and the fact I didn’t shower today.
Ken 32: HA! Gross.
Ken 13: Well it’s not like it’s a habit. It’s been a long day. Anyway, do I grow up to be a Meteorologist or what!?
Ken 32: Well, let me put it this way…..no.
Ken 13: WHAT!?!?
Ken 32: But you do get to work in media. And you’ll be a minister. Oh, and you’ll be a cartoonist.
Ken 13: Hmm…well, gotta have a back-up! Wait, hold on….I’ve got so many questions.
Ken 32: I bet…
Ken 13: I preach!? And I actually create cartoons and stuff!?
Ken 32: Yep
Ken 13: I preach….and I’m a….
Ken 32: A cartoonist…yes. And a writer… And you’re gonna do other media stuff. Oh, and you’ll get married in your early 30’s to an amazing women.
Ken 13: WHAT!?!? How in the world did I go from THIS to THAT!?!?
Ken 32: Jesus…a whole, whole, whole lot of Jesus. And you were faithful. You worked hard. You grew up. You matured. You changed. And you didn’t give up. You kept going.
Ken 13: (pauses and looks away) ……. So I actually become somebody.
Ken 32: You already are. Just be yourself.
Ken 13: I keep hearing that….but I hear ya.
(a pause between both)
Ken 13: That means you know….uh….my deepest….personal thoughts….correct?
Ken 32: Yep. But, don’t worry, you’ll get past that stuff too. Get prepared to see a counselor or two.
(13 year old self sighs)
Ken 13: So I figured.
Ken 32: Surprised!? Concerned?! Maybe anxious!?
Ken 13: Actually, no…..now I’m curious. Looking forward to the future now.
Ken 32: To the future!
Ken 13: To the future!
(Ken 13 and Ken 32 pop open a can of Dr. Pepper at the same time)