Friday, August 29, 2014

Not Ready To Grow Up (Yet)

Today was picture day at my school and as a member of the Yearbook staff, we are required to more or less run the process and do pretty much everything except take the pictures. This is how it works: we (the staff) sit at a table outside the auditorium with signs saying where people should go based on last name to get their photo card to hand to the photographer, etc.

Everything was going smoothly even though our Yearbook adviser wasn't at school that day. Then, a few junior boys decided they all wanted to wear turtlenecks and granny glasses in their pictures. Fine, their pictures, their money, their choice. It seemed harmless, yet it created a large fiasco resulting in the boys having to retake their pictures on make-up day and an assistant principal yelling at us (the staff) for the situation.

This was extremely emotionally exhausting for all of us and we'll now have to deal with an angry yearbook supervisor tomorrow. That isn't the problem though. The problem here lies with stereotypes in society. The first being that kids can't handle situations: Instead of asking us, the staff, to ask the boys to not wear turtle necks and handling what was going on, the photographers went straight to the administration. The second creates a double standard: We, high school seniors, should be expected to take responsibility and make smarter decisions since we're so close to being adults.

Before I go further, take a look at this quote:

Don't rush and expect them to grow up too fast. Let them enjoy being a carefree child as long as possible

To me, this says "Let kids (even high schoolers) stay kids as long as possible; don't force them to grow up too quickly." Going back to my story, the administrators and photographers weren't letting us be little in any way at all. They were expecting us to make the right decisions in a situation that we saw as harmless, even a little humorous. We're only 17; we can't be expected to know what the right decision is, much less make the same decision a 40 year old would make.

I know I'll be in college in a year, but let me still be young while I have the chance. Let us be little.


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