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Teenage idols

Putting up a poster in your bedroom as a kid is like putting up a stamp of your own personality. Sure, your mother may have painted your room a colour you didn’t like or put up flowered wallpaper everywhere, but with a few posters, it was all good. It’s kind of a right of passage, isn’t it?

When I was my daughter’s age, I had my bedroom plastered with ballet posters. And likely a (young) John Stamos in there too. But after spending most of my elementary school years being referred to as a “teacher’s pet” and a “square” (remember that show Square Pegs?), I had changed my idols by the time I hit teenage years. Instead, I had moved on to dark moody types like the Depeche Mode band and rebellious types like Billy Idol. And although these posters continued to change and morph over time, one thing stayed the same — they were a public announcement of who I was, or at least who I wanted to be perceived as.

Now Stella has put up her first posters. (Correction: her first posters that are not Pokemon characters.) Here they are:

Can you recognize them from this picture? It’s Canadian astronauts Julie Payette and Robert Thirsk. I have to admit, it cracks me up big time. But at the same time, every time I walk by those posters, I say a little prayer: “Please, oh please, let these still be her idols when she’s a teenager!”

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  1. Love it!! The fact that these are her idols now is amazing. I hate to think who would be on T’s walls if the thought had occured to him to put something up. Probably a video game villain. Oy.

  2. Phew – thanks Trish. I feel better! I keep up in my room ‘special’ things the boys have written for me. Currently a Mother’s Day essay and a forgiveness coupon. Hope that sets a good example. Gotta love Stella’s though. Sigh.

    • Oh, just because she idolizes astronauts doesn’t mean she doesn’t need some “forgiveness coupons” of her own! 😉

  3. When my daughter had to make a poster for school about her favourite things, she glued on a picture of Bob MacDonald from the science show Head’s Up, and CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. Love it!

  4. This is so encouraging! My 3yo girl is so interested in space, planets and the solar system, it’s part of her nightly read, so perhaps I should introduce her to Roberta and ‘real’ space travel!

    Happy New Year. I’m new to your blog (via the fishbowl), so I’ll visit again!

  5. I remember those Billy Idol posters 😉 Now I’m praying my boys get beyond Ben10 and find less fantastic (but perhaps not entirely earth-bound) role models.
    Congratulations on the awards announced today (it’s jan 3rd already…) you’re an inspiration.
    K xo

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