When I look at Chloe now who is fifteen I just want to stop time. I remember being fifteen like it was yesterday it was a time of friends, school, sport and fun. I had barely a care in the world apart from what I would be doing on Saturday afternoon. I was yet to experience teenage angst, I was yet to experience heartbreak and confusion. I was yet to to experience not doing as well in my GCSE’s as I should have done. It was still an empty sheet in front of me. I do sometimes wonder if I would take a different path if I was there now but I doubt in reality I would.
The path I took wasn’t the easiest and I lived a lot in those next few years. I did learn about heartbreak and disappointment but even that brings experience no matter how hard it was at the time. But at fifteen it was all about me and all good. I want Chloe to stay in this bubble too. I know that she is on the verge of becoming even more independent and making choices. She has an amazing school trip coming up and I recall doing a very similar trip at her age. It was amazing and one of life’s memories etched into my very being, even if I have tried to bury the memory of shell suits!!
Therefore last December when I saw that UB40 were coming to Gloucester to play in our leisure center I snapped up tickets quicker than lightening. I roped in the bestest friend who being a whole year younger than me is much more Take That than UB40 but I knew she would come with me.
So on Sunday night along with 1500 others I went back to my teens. I was even drinking wine out of plastic glasses! I recalled a holiday to France where we would be picked up from school on the last day of term and we would make a car journey of some 15 hours or so. We would drive down to Whitehaven where we would do an overnight crossing then dad would drive for a few more hours the following side. Me – oh I would be plugged into my walkman with UB40 on loud whilst my parents kept requesting I turn it down! Once the tape was finished I’d turn it over and listen to the other side. This was done on repeat for two weeks.
I often hear people saying they wouldn’t like to go back to being a teenager again. I would – just for a bit just to enjoy that time when you are full of optimism and enthusiasm. I had a blast being 15 and I hope that Chloe is too. Listening to Red red wine and Kingston Town bought the memories to the surface and made me smile.
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