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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

...on being 13



1st i just gotta say SUPER BIG THANKS to my fantastical blogger friends for making my 13th birthday sooo happy!

i got lots of snail mail cards, e-cards, emails, presents and bunches of happy birthday lenny blog posts. and...you ready for this???!!! some of my blogger friends got me a kindle paperwhite and a gift card to get books for it. WOW!!! how cool is that!!! for sure i got the nicest and coolest blogger friends in the whole world!

ok... lets talk bout being 13. YIKES! im a teen!! im supposed to be all excited. but i gotta tell you mostly im feeling scared. ugh!

everyones making a big deal outta it and and telling me bout all the cnanges and new stuff thats gonna happen to me.

its like theres a magic light switch that turned on when i got to 13 and ZAPPO suddenly im supposed to like girls (ack!) and start getting hairs on my face, get a cracking voice and get some strange stuff called hormones racing round inside me and making me act all weird and crazy. YIKES! for sure that doesnt sound so fun and excitng to me.

i gotta tell you... i dont wanna stop sleeping and cuddling with mr coon. my mom gave him to me and i love him. i dont wanna stop getting tucked in my bed when im feeling sick or scared. i dont wanna stop eating mcdonalds happy meals. i dont wanna stop playing with my hot wheels or my yoyo. i dont wanna stop getting hugs. for sure i dont wanna hold a girls hand. ack! ack! ack!

and...i dont wanna stop using my voice on my blog or in my writing. mostly i just wanna keep being ME ...who i am right now. 

do you remember when were 13? how did it feel to be a teen?


...hugs from lenny

39 comments:

  1. Lenny, you will always be you! But you seriously have me LOLing trying to picture you with hair on your chin and your voice cracking while you try to hold a girl's hand! (It is kind of a funny picture, isn't it?)

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  2. You always know how to make me smile! I think you're feeling completely normal!! It's true - everyone always talks about the changes that'll happen - but you know what? All those changes happen slowly and gradually and you really hardly notice them. It's when you look back in a couple of years that you realize, "Hey, I AM different!"

    Don't worry about any of it - just relax and have fun and always be YOU. It'll be great!

    So glad you're enjoying your birthday gift!!

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  3. Aw, well, you don't have to grow up Lenny. Take it from me. I still sleep with a teddy bear and my little cousin can't understand why I play with her instead of sitting at the adult table 'Are you a kid or an adult?!' she asked. Hopefully, you will never have a real answer to that question :)

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  4. You don't have to stop doing those things, Lenny! The funny thing about teenagedom is what seems embarrassing to young teens suddenly isn't anymore by the time you're 17 or 18. You get over the awkwardness of puberty and can just be yourself!

    The teenage years are really special. Don't worry so much about what you think you're supposed to do. Enjoy it!!! Because too soon you'll be in your twenties, aack! (Though actually that's fun, too!)

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lenny. We share the same birthday and I mentioned you in my birthday post! You can see it here: http://lauramarcella.blogspot.com/2012/10/october-baby.html?m=0

    Have fun being 13!!!

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  5. So my favorite raccoon is now a teenager! Wow. You're right - lots of changes to come, but if you keep being you, you'll be the coolest teenager with the best hugs around.

    As for your Hot Wheels and Mr. Coon, Robert Louis Stevenson played with army men, and I still keep my Pooh on a shelf in my room. :-)

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  6. You don't have to stop doing any of the things you like to do. Ever! Your body will go through some changes but you will understand it when the time comes. The one thing that I don't like to think about is peer pressure. You will have to stay strong to be able to be just who you are right now. Don't let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn't be doing regardless of your age. "Course listen to your parents and I hope you will go to them with any questions you have, however embarassing they may seem.

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  7. Hey Lenny!

    We know that age is only a number. You keep staying real, being you and always, yes always, hold close, the curious and inquiring mind of youth. I know and I'm an older dude, have always tried to keep my mind young and loving the wonders of nature.

    And when I turned 13, I had a really cool time. Heck, I was class president at 13 and all the girls in my class had voted for me! Gosh and wow! :)

    You keep sharing and caring, my young teenage buddy. Must go now and try out my latest tricks on my skateboard! :)

    Hugs from Mr. Gary and yes indeed, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, recently pawmoted, sorry, promoted to superstar status! :)

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  8. Congratulations Lenny! Sounds like you had a great and happy birthday!

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  9. well, since I'm 11, I can't know what it's like to be 13. What amazes me is that your only 13. and yet, you write so much!:P

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  10. Oh yeah... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here is a pics adress:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=active&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbnid=XhQLCpb8DpbMdM:&imgrefurl=http://www.buy-sell-bulgaria.com/newsletter/category/eurolink-news/page/4/&docid=yEqA1Z2S-RstFM&imgurl=http://www.buy-sell-bulgaria.com/newsletter/uploaded/image003.gif&w=420&h=301&ei=soCIUJrUO5G6yAHrnoDADQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=289&sig=110358198531898165954&page=4&tbnh=181&tbnw=237&start=14&ndsp=6&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:0,i:116&tx=94&ty=91&biw=800&bih=417
    Have fun!:)

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  11. I was 13 just a couple years ago so I definitely remember it. I wasn't too enthused about becoming a teenager, either . . . but from my experience, there aren't any huge changes or things you absolutely have to do. You're still you, in the long run. :)

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  12. Wow, Lenny! It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. You have some wonderful bloggy friends. :)

    You will always be you no matter what age you are. You will go through some changes because of those hormones, but they happen gradually, not over night. Everyone develops at their own speed, so try not to worry about it. Just enjoy ever single day and snuggle up with Mr. Coon every night.

    (((HUGS)))

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  13. Oh, sweetie, you are the coolest. You keep doing everything that makes you happy and forget what anyone else says. I have a belated card coming because I can't seem to get to the post office lately. We love you just the way you are.

    Lilli + Sully are sending gigantic hugs and you know I am too <3

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  14. Lenny, I'm so glad you had a good birthday!

    It's true that becoming a teenager means a lot of changes but everyone is different and changes happen at their own pace. Don't feel bad about still sleeping with Mr. Coon or getting hugs or eating your favourite meals. You are you and no one else. Just because people say you should be changing a certain way doesn't mean you should. Do what you think is right always, Lenny.

    I'm 30 years old and I STILL play with my yoyo and rubix cube. Why shouldn't I? Yoyos and rubix cubes are cool. And I play yugioh cards with my nephew all the time!

    Congratulations on turning 13 and still remaining sane!

    Jai

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  15. Oh Lenny! You keep right on being you as long as you like. I seriously did not admit that I was a teen until I was AT LEAST 16. So no hurry, no worries. :)

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  16. Sorry for putting more than one comment in 2 hours.
    This is Jasmyne.From Cheetah's Imagination. I accidentally deleted my blog. Please follow my new one:
    http://writingwherereading.blogspot.com/

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  17. Don't worry about it, Lenny. Some things you'll let go when you're ready and some things you'll begin when you're ready and some things you'll hold onto no matter what your age. Don't feel pressure!

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  18. You are so funny, Lenny. I'm glad you had a great birthday. :o) Ditto what Candace said. Just be you and keep doing the things that make you happy. The rest will fall into place.

    Big hugs!!

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  19. Lenny, you have nothing to worry about. A time will come when you ARE ready for all these things. And that time will be when you stop feeling like you do now without having to force it. Just go with the flow. It's not scary. Whatever happens to you through puberty will just happen when it's meant to happen. You will always be you. You will always shine and be the Lenny we love and adore. And hey, I'm thirty two and you should see how much I hug my dog like a little girl. Doesn't matter what AGE you are. All that matters is who you are inside. And that will always stay the same. Lots of love to you. xoxo

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  20. "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
    William Shakespeare
    Ol Will had it right! Sorting through all of the STUFF that comes at ya can be disconcerting! If you listen to that voice inside of you, you will never steer yourself wrong! Onward you will confidently sail because YOU are the Cap-i-tan of your own ship!

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  21. Happy birthday, Lenny.

    I followed you here from Jemi's blog. Thirteen is a big day and I wish you all the luck in holding onto this moment forever.

    And thirteen doesn't mean giving up all the wonderful things you love. It just means discovering more of them!

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  22. Hey, it's my birthday this week, too. Gotta love October.

    And don't worry, you'll always be you, especially if you're happy with who you are. Getting old is more just like learning new things about yourself. It's addition, not subtraction. You're still you, but the "you" just keeps getting bigger.

    And I kept my baby blanket forever. And now I've given it to my kids. All part of the adventure!

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  23. Happy Belated Birthday!!! I agree with what everyone said. You don't have to give up a thing or make big changes. Just stay true to yourself and enjoy every wonderful moment.

    Hugs,
    ~Jamie

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  24. Hey Lenny, First of all you are very welcome. Secondly please do not be afraid. I tell you what - - any time you feel like talking you have a lot of grown ups to talk to. Please talk because if anything that can help you it will be talking about your fears no matter how big or small.

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  25. Happy birthday, Lenny and congrats earlier about the award Gary gave you, recently. You have a very cool blog with very honest writing.

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  26. I'm glad you had a great birthday! Being thirteen doesn't change anything important unless you let it. I wasn't ready to hold a boy's hand at that age, either. That didn't come for me until I was sixteen, and then I only felt that way because the right boy wanted to hold mine. Loving what you love is what makes you who you are.

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  27. Hi, Lenny! Glad your 13th birthday was so great. You are such a special young man. Always stay sweet and don't worry about having to give up favorite things or having to like certain things just because you are now a teenager.

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  28. Never stop being you! I'm so glad you had a great birthday!

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  29. SO glad you had a great birthday!

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  30. Cuddle Mr. Coon. That's okay! You are you and that's what makes you so cool! Huge hugs my teenagery friend.

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  31. Hi Lenny - I think all the things you do now sound so good to keep doing ... perhaps the girl thing might change?! Hugs definitely don't change .. all hugs are so so valuable ...

    But you seem to be keeping a pretty cool head .. and that goes a long way to holding onto the realities of life.

    I so look forward to more words of wisdom from you ... and Paper White - they're narcissi in this country - they have a wonderful scent at Christmas time - well when they flower!!

    Enjoy being 13 that's the most important thing - but you do live life to the full .. and are lucky enough to have much love around you ..

    Big hugs from over the pond from the three of us - Muddy Hippo, Hardwick and me!! xoxoxox

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  32. Hi Lenny, nice to meet you. I just clicked over from Robyn's blog. After a post like that, I just had to "meet" you. Anything that people build up a lot can be intimidating. I hope your teen years are wonderful. Just remember, no matter what your age, it's always okay to be yourself. And you're never to old for Happy Meals ;)

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  33. Glad you enjoyed your 13th birthday, Lenny. We all had fun with it too!

    Well (*cough*), I've gotta say, 13 was a loooong time ago for me. But I think you never have to give up hugs and cuddles. Don't worry about your voice cracking. It's nature's way. My sons got over that part pretty quickly.

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  34. So glad you had a great birthday! And I hear you with the expectations thing as you get older. But I say just be yourself (because you're a pretty awesome person to be). And hold on to childhood as long as you can. I still try to. :D

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  35. Hi Lenny! So glad you enjoyed your birthday. We all love you for being you. You will grow up and become a young man but you are still the same awesome Lenny we all know. Hugs!

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  36. Don't worry about what the world says--just keep being you, and doing the things you enjoy. Other new things will come when you're ready for them to. :) And guess what? I'm 38 and still sleep with Tarz, a stuffed lion I've had since my teens!

    So what do I say? I say, "Hurray for Raccoon!"

    Angela

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  37. That sounds like an awesome birthday. Certainly, I feel lucky to have met you due to all those great birthday posts.
    Hey, be a kid as long as you can. Because once it's gone, there's no getting it back.
    I think my eight-year-old will be well into his adult years before he lets some of his stuffed animals go, and I love it!

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  38. You haven't blogged since your b-day. Are you OK?

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  39. You blogger friend Sharon actually sent me over after I read her happy birthday post for you. And I'll let you in on a little secret...I'm a teen!
    Yup. Currently 19, and sooner than I know it I'll be the big 2 0 and an "adult". But I still sleep with my teddy bear and if I feel like a happy meal that's what I'll get because just because you are older now doesn't always mean you have to stop doing the things you do.
    I remember turning 13 because that was when I officially became a teen in my eyes, and I'm not going to lie, the teen years can be really hard. I believe being a teen is hard because this is the time where we start taking on the responsibilities that we will have for our life and we are still figuring out what things we can keep from our past, and trying to find that balance is really hard at times.
    But you will certainly make it!

    -K8
    http://froze8.blogspot.com/

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