This one is for Tayari and for all the young women writers out there. Tayari says that for anyone who posts their high school picture and spreads the word about the organization Girls Write Now, she will give $10 to that charity.
I was not a happy high-schooler. School, I loved. It was home that wasn't so hot at the time. So I have mixed feelings about my teen years. I was awkward and painfully shy, and spent a good chunk of my time lying under umbrellas and smiling. Um, no. Actually, I spent most of my time staring down at a book. I read at home for hours at a time, sometimes staying up all night. I pulled out a book and read for the minute or two before each class started. I read walking down the school hallways between classes. I read at the bus stop going to school or work. Nothing says "do not talk to me" like a fat paperback in front of your face.
Even looking at this picture gives me the heebie jeebies. But to help other young women get through their youths, I post it. Please consider making a donation to Girls Write Now. Tayari is matching gifts dollar for dollar--that means your donation will go twice as far!
I'm also honor bound to point out that Lighthouse Writers Workshop offers programs for young writers, so if you're interested (especially if you're local), I hope you will consider a gift to Lighthouse.