It doesn’t matter if you’re Generation X or Y. One thing we all have in common is this: Judy Blume made us feel less insane. Books such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tiger Eyes and Forever gave relief to the awkward stage between adolescence and adulthood. In honor of her birthday this week, we at DoYouRemember have put together a list of the Top 7 Lessons Gleaned From Her Writing.
Don’t be ashamed of your body. As stated in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, “If you feel beautiful, you are beautiful!” Sure, it sounds clichéd, but it beats wearing a burlap sack or signing up for The Biggest Loser.
Your parents are scared sh*tless. Just mention the words “sex,” “abuse” or “death” and watch them squirm. Trust me, these issues are as frightening to them as they are to you.
Sometimes bullies win. For those of us who were unpopular or teased, watching Jill’s bullies in Blubber go unpunished stings. But hey, it could always be worse. Just watch Carrie.
Heavy petting is what people used to call foreplay. And props go out to Blume for writing about what we all wanted (or were at least curious about).
Boys do cry. In Forever, it’s Michael who sheds tears after the breakup, not Katherine. Blume let guys know that it’s okay to be sensitive or eat a whole pint of Chubby Hubby.
You can’t hide anything from your parents. Whether it’s your period (Are You There God?) or wet dreams (Then Again, Maybe I Won’t), they know everything. You might as well just accept a lifetime of embarrassment.
Enjoy Childhood Unfortunately, having a job, dealing with relationships, paying for health insurance and all the other complications that come with being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Personally, I miss naps, piggyback rides and being driven around everywhere.