To my friends who write for teens

I love this post from my dear friend, Vicky Lorencen, so much that I wanted to share it with you! Hope you all are having a wonderful summer. I’m enjoying having my girls home for a few more weeks before we are official “empty-nesters.” Maybe that’s why this post resonated with me so much today. Hope it speaks to you and then you speak to some lonely, lovable and wonderful teenager through your own words and writings.

Welcome to Frog on a Dime

Dear Friends Who Write for Teens,

new frog background Collage by Vicky Lorencen

Car-less high schoolers in my neighborhood must meet at a bus stop a stone’s throw from my house. I heard them gathering this morning as I lay in bed. A loud-mouth girl shouted to her friends down the street. Other kids laughed. And although I didn’t peek out my bedroom window, I imagine there was at least one stoic kid standing solo in a sweat-drenched cocoon, clutching a sack lunch.

I rolled over on my pillow and thought about those kids. My heart went out to all of them, to the loners for certain, but truly to each of them, even Ms. Loud-Mouth. I knew that once they boarded that bus, they were headed to an emotional meat grinder. Part of me wanted to open my window and yell, “Listen! There’s some important stuff you need to know!” and then I’d talk as fast as…

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