Yesterday I went with my daughter Catherine’s class on a field trip to the Portland Beavers baseball game. It was a cool, (58 degrees!) cloudy day in Portland, which the teachers were thankful for since they didn’t have to worry about too much 8th grade skin being bared. But we sat in our seats an hour before the game started, and I found myself sitting alone with 8th graders who definitely didn’t include me in the conversation.
I kicked myself for not bringing my book to help me pass the time. Then I would have been entertained even if I did look like a social pariah reading in a sea of people. I enviously noticed that a chaperone with another school group had remembered to bring her knitting.
The book I’m reading is geared exactly to those 8th graders all around me. It’s part of the What I Know Now series, and it’s called If I’d Known Then—Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves.
I’m about half-way through and I really like it a lot. The women writing to their younger selves offer advice they wish they would have been able to get to help them through tough times when they were growing up. It’s very interesting to read about the challenges that these women—many of them well known—faced and came through successfully. It helps younger girls to see that even when someone is popular and seems to lead a charmed life, she is often riddled with self doubt and insecurity.
I’ll do a full review on it once I’m finished. And the baseball game? The Beavers won 16 to 9 against the Tucson Sidewinders. So even though we had to leave early, at least I got to enjoy the game playing out on the field.