A 13-year-old visits

Last week my 13-year-old niece stayed with me as she attended a week-long volleyball camp. I dropped her off in the morning and picked her up in the evening, just like the other parents, although they all had really nice, expensive cars.

I didn’t have much time to spend with her since the day was volleyball-filled, but with the little time I saw her I learned some things:

  • One Direction is still amazing. Last Christmas I bet her that by this Christmas she would hate them, but she vows she never will. Five months to go.
  • Salad is like eating trees and grass. Gross.
  • Phones must be near at all times, especially during eating, watching movies, and sleeping. 200 texts per day is average. Instagram is the new Facebook.
  • “Pitch Perfect” is a great movie, but “The Breakfast Club” (which is highlighted in “Pitch Perfect”) is only okay.
  • “The Breakfast Club” follow-up: She felt bad for Brian and did not want Bender and Claire together. “No! Why are they kissing?”

“The Breakfast Club” info really killed me. How could you not think this was a good movie? Maybe she needs to be 16 and hate her parents before she understands? I subsequently told her that “16 Candles,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Say Anything” would be things she’d absolutely love. She’s suspicious, but willing to try.

I think I’ll hold off on “Dirty Dancing” and “Footloose” for awhile. I saw those movies when I was really young, younger than my niece, and I thought Penny just had a bad stomach ache and Chuck smoked too many cigarettes before the tractor chicken fight. She might know what those things really are, but I’m not so sure. In the beginning of “The Breakfast Club,” when Brian has to adjust himself and put a hat over his lap, she asked, “What’s he doing? Does he have to go to the bathroom?” Yes. Yes, he does.


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