I had a smile to myself on reading Caitlin Moran in today's Times. She is writing about teenage years. I never had a daughter and of course it is a long time since I was a teenager - she writes about having 'sex with a stranger at a festival 30 years ago' (when she was 17). I looked back to when I was 17 were there festivals then? And if there were then I most certainly would not have been permitted to go. Those were the days when I had to see the end of the film before the beginning in order to catch the 10.15pm bus home and my father would be waiting at the gate to see me get off the bus.
There was no pill in those days and like most of my friends and most of the girls in the village I suspect, I went to the altar a virgin. Goodness me, I don't think many girls can say that these days. Does that make things better or worse? Does it matter? In this small town where I live now it seems that many young people change partners quite a few times and have very complicated family lives. As Caitlin says - you have to let your young people turn from being a caterpillar into a butterfly at their own pace, she says there's time to get excited about things like "the Lakeland Catalogue" once their "vagina has atrophied and they need to wear special shoes". Goodness me - my dear mother will be turning in her grave.
How do you feel about the whole thing?