Northern Exposure

Do you remember the show about a town in Alaska? I loved that show, and was so happy when Joel and Maggie finally got together. But then the show fizzled. One particular episode I remember was when Maggie found a letter to herself from her teenage self, and the teenage self appeared and Ed saw her/it, and the young Maggie was pissy with the old Maggie because she hadn’t achieved what she thought she would. What would my young self think about my old self?
My young self would not be fazed by the general state of mayhem that our house exists in, because my room was generally a bit of a pig sty.
I think a slightly older young self would be surprised that I have kids, because I didn’t always want them.
An even slightly older version of my young self would probably be surprised that I got married. For a while I was convinced that I would never marry, because the people I had been hanging around with were a bunch of assholes and I didn’t think that other people would be very different. Eventually I phased the assholes out, but still didn’t think there was a Mr Right for me. I also phased out the asshole who said my standards for Mr Right were impossible. In your face, asshole!
For a while, my younger self thought I’d be a teacher, but then I decided I didn’t like kids. Well, the teaching thing didn’t work out, but I don’t mind my own kids, most of the time.
I think my teenage self would be happy that I’m happy, and am still writing, and glad that I’m not hanging around with assholes. That’s the best part, really, at least until the boys are teenagers.

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