On the podcast today, Aminatou and I talk to our respective teen best friends
(who we each remain very close to) about friendships forged in our youth. One thing that came up again and again as we wrote our book
is that "teen drama" is not relegated to teenagers. Adults have lots of emotions, too, and seemingly petty conflicts that have a much bigger effect on us than they "should." We just tend to downplay or ignore them—to our detriment.
I also spoke with SemiStories about the art of the care package
, which is one I was lucky enough to learn from my own mother, who is a master of the medium. It's a fitting thing to link to this week, as snail mail is one of my favorite ways of keeping in touch with my dear high-school bestie Bridget, an incredible artist. She recently sent me a small painting, thick with teal and purple and yellow acrylic, and signed it on behalf of the artist: her young son. "P.S. I printed this card with my butt."
I hope your weekend contains something as delightful as a letter from an old friend ... or, even better, a painting made by a toddler's tiny booty.