If any of you have ever seen the movie “Mean Girls,” then you know what teenage girl drama is.
Well, luckily, Sequoia isn’t a school that has a problem with a hierarchy of pink-wearing queens, ruling over their high-school “kingdom.”
Basically, “Mean Girls” is not a good representative of the Sequoia High School community. Thank goodness for that.
But we still aren’t perfect.
High school isn’t supposed to be about isolation. It’s said to be "the glory years." It’s the years that go by too fast, the ones that you always want to return to, and the ones that you can’t ever forget and aren’t supposed to ever want to. It’s Prom, Rallies, and Football Games.
I capitalize these events because they’re important. They’re milestones. They’re events that you go to with friends and ones where memories are made.
But girls can be vicious. Drama can occur. Not everyone may end up going to these events because, when they arrive, they’ll feel out of place. Alone. Unwanted. Awkward.
It’s not just in the movies. It happens in real life. I know people at, yes, as great a place as Sequoia, that have been hurt not by gun violence, not through physical fights, but emotional ones. They’re cut off from people that they thought that they could trust. Cut off from a life that they previously had.
There’s gossip. There’s “she said this” and “he said that.” There’s “Let’s not sit with them anymore” and “They’re so annoying.”
I’m no innocent party. But no one else is either. There are some things that no one seems to be able to abstain completely from. I let that one person stand outside of the circle, alone and isolated, during lunch because I’m too afraid of what other people may think if I reach out.
Of course this thought process is silly. Why wouldn’t you reach out? Just because they’re different? Or maybe because you’re a little different yourself and you’re afraid that people won’t like you for who you are.
Once again, that’s simply silly, because if no one was unique, than this world would be completely boring.
So, to reinstate my point: I would like to be everyone’s friend. I don’t want this haunting thing we call “Drama” to take over our lives (not the theater kind… actors and actresses, keep doing what you’re doing!).
I don’t care if you dress like you just walked out of the 1970’s. I won’t lie; I might wonder where you shop initially, but I know that God made you uniquely special and I’m so glad that He did.
So thanks to my great friends whom I can always count on. Thanks for struggling with me to help live our lives drama-free. Love you all. Thanks for not being Mean Girls.
Have you or your child experienced "Mean Girls" or similar treatment at school or elsewhere around Redwood City and Woodside? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.
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