One of my friends sent me this:
“mem, I need your help. How did you manage to convince your parents to let you ______?”
It’s been a long time since somebody’s asked me for my help, so I gave it to him. He was shocked when the simplest answer was what he needed.
“how do I tell my parents?”
He’s irreligious, so I chose a safe answer:
“You do or you don’t. If your parents love and support you, it doesn’t matter, even if it’ll hurt for a while.”
He logged off and thought over it a bit. I was pleased with myself and him as well, he’s never been shy of questions, or humility, but the fact that he wanted to do something that he knew the answer too but needed advice from an older person, who everybody seems to think of as a liar and a failure because she decided not to go to college.
He has no idea what this means to me.