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I heard a great story the other day. Hear me out…
Young Frank lives on a block with musicians. Well, guys who play the guitar, drums, bass, you know, cool instruments. His family is not wealthy and can’t afford such luxuries or the cost of lessons that go with it. But one fateful day Frank’s dad announces that he will send Frank to the Conservatory of Music for lessons — accordion lessons. Yes, that’s right, that strange looking contraption most associated with Polka music and monkey grinders of the late 1800s. So, like any other kid who doesn’t want to get beat up he devises a plan to get out of it. He decides he’ll take three lessons, argue his case for giving it his best effort, and sadly withdraw from the program, and everyone will be happy. After the third lesson Frank walks into his home ready to deliver his sad speech, and there it is, a brand new, shiny, very expensive accordion. He looks into his dad’s tired but hopeful eyes and everything is said without a word. He can’t break his heart. For the next five years Frank attends his lessons and plays at family get-togethers. The End.
Call me a romantic if you will, but I think that’s a great story. It’s what real family and friends are about (see The Killers, page 22). This summer have fun. Enjoy every last minute. But don’t forget that this is the time when you’ve got some time. Time to spend thinking about someone else.
When you’re picking out what great looking outfit you’re gonna wear (see our style layout, page 28, for ideas), or when you’re working out to get in shape (see Belly Dance as a fitness option, page 40), what you’re really doing is transforming yourself (see Makeovers, page 34). But that’s outward. That’s the stuff people see. We all need to work more on the stuff people feel. As corny as it sounds, a genuine ‘thank-you’ goes a long way. How about getting a card for your mom or dad or best friend for no other reason than to say “I’m glad you’re in my life.” Maybe you can put a bow on a chocolate bar and slip it into your mom’s purse (as you know, chocolate has magical powers).
I’m slowly starting to learn that it’s those really tough moments that offer you the opportunity to define who you are. What do you do when the going gets tough? Do you pack up and give in? Or do you dig in and move forward?
This summer make sure it’s a good one — for everyone.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
Letters To The Editor
I read your letter ‘From the Editor’ [Issue #19] and it really made a difference to me. People are always saying to ignore the bad stuff people say about you, but sometimes it’s really hard. I mean, it used to really get to me to think people didn’t like me. But when you suggested not everyone had to like me, it really made sense. I can’t expect everyone to like me. Like you said, it would be hard to have 500 best friends! I get it now. Thanks so much.
Misty J, 14, Surrey, BC
Okay. Who could shoot a cat? I read your global issues [Issue #19] and it said that shooting wild cats has been legal in some U.S. states like Minnesota and South Dakota for decades. How can this be legal?! I heard somewhere that murderers and other psychos start by killing small animals like cats. I don’t know why I’m writing to you, but I guess I just wanted you to know how I feel.
Arlene E, 17, Oakville, ON
Please, please, please. No more Ashlee! I can’t take it anymore. I won’t buy another magazine with her on the cover. So, please, put an end to this Ashlee mania.
Rionna, 15, Summerside, PEI
Hey, I loved the piece about the volunteers helping out in different ways [Open Your Eyes, Issue #19]. It made me realize that I don’t have to do something huge to make a difference. I’m now volunteering at a retirement home once a week and I give these really cute old ladies manicures all day, or sometimes I read to them. It’s not a big deal, but they’re so happy to see me, and I feel great, too.
Giselle, 16, Ottawa, ON
My best friend is way too skinny. She’s not anorexic or anything but she’s always on a diet, right now it’s the no-carb fad. I made her read the article, “Why Not to Diet” in your spring issue. She didn’t say much after reading it but I noticed she’s starting to eat carbs again. Thanks for writing such awesome articles. I know this one helped.
Grace W, 16, Winnipeg, MB
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