Dear WGHS Students,
Families and teasing seem to go together like a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. It happens to everyone in the world, even me (not that anyone would think that).
I have had my fair share of teasing in my large family. My grandpa makes fun of me when we go on subways saying, “Aerin! How can you not see this lovely farm?” when we’re still underground in a dark tunnel, but I just start to laugh when he says that.
My friends have all told me about their family’s teasing: The nicknames, the inside jokes that make fun of them personally, but they are still laughing. However, I can still say that I probably take the cake when it comes to being the punch line in my family’s jokes.
In my family, I have heard the nicknames and have dealt with my cousins’ constant reminder of past events that cause inside jokes, yet I have managed to put up with it for the past 16 years of my life (granted, I am 16, but that is beside the point!).
Through all the teasing though, I can’t help but love my family members for their crazy wacky jokes they always tell and like to play on me (even when I’m floating in a pool and they try to drown me).
Isn’t that how it is with everyone? Families like to poke a little fun at you every now and then, and finally you get sick of it, but you know at the end of the day, it’s just their little way of showing they care.
I realized this when I told some members of my family of my loathing of the most disgusting food (according to me at least) in the world. Salad (don’t make fun of me!).
I was getting so fed up with it that I tried to eat some to prove them wrong. As I started to attempt to eat the thing on my plate, they finally told me to stop. They were apparently just trying to be affectionate.
I’m not saying that this is okay. It isn’t! I’m just saying it happens in families, and it’s just a part of the everyday teenager’s life. While everyone hates it, it’s just a family members’ way of telling you they love you.
Aerin J. Johnson