By BERN MORLEY
It has started. Boys.
Maddie, aged 13, has been invited to attend, through Facebook, an event named ‘The Lad’s Party’. Yeah, no, that won’t be happening.
After looking crestfallen and stomping out of the room after being denied attendance, she reluctantly emerged from her room some hours later to tell me that the soiree was “cancelled anyway.” Apparently the boys discovered that they needed their parents’ permission BEFORE they started inviting the entire student population around for a riot party.
I was relieved of course. I mean, I remember the lies I had told my mother to get to certain parties at that age, knowing full well she’d never let me go, so I was mindful of denying her lest she try other avenues. This, however, did at least give me some time to regroup and get ready for the further requests to party.
And I’ve met these boys, these ‘lads’. They’ve got their hair so coiffed they could cut you if you got too close and appear to use more hair product than I did in 1988.
All in all though, they seem respectful enough, calling me Mrs Morley and looking me in the eye as they shake my hand. Granted, these are all great signs — but I remember being able to pull off the innocent and reliable young lady shtick back in the day also.
Yet, if I say no to every invite that involves boys, will I be just be becoming my own mother, who although in hindsight had my best interests at heart, denying me access to any male festive activity, made me desperately unpopular and seemingly forever further away from the boy I had a debilitating crush on? Am I denying her a teenage rite of passage and making her the one thing I always swore I’d never make her – different?
And what am I worried about anyway? What’s the worst that can happen to a 13-year-old young lady at an event that will more than likely involve alcohol, randy boys and little supervision? I’m just being overprotective, right? No, see I don’t think so.