Most of the time I'd say I wouldn't want to go back to being 16. Not that I had raging acne and mosquito-bite boobs or anything; more like too much boob and a bad perm, but that's another post.
But the other night the Queenager and her friend H went to see Britney Spews in concert. The tickets were free, care of our neighbo(u)r, Mr. Fix-it, so that was a plus 'cause there was no way I was paying $250, and the Q is stock-piling her funds for some future emergency or running-away venture. When we finally got the tickets in the flesh so to speak, there was a loud shriek, the kind normally associated with vampire attacks or tarantulas in the bathroom. I rushed half way up the basement stairs, but stopped short when I heard the all-too-familiar "OMG, OMG" followed quickly by the baby-elephantine sounds of a teenager jumping up and down on the spot - in glee.
The seats, we discovered, were "on the floor" of a circular seating arrangement, right next to the VIP section. OMG! When her friend arrived to pick her up, there was more screaming and jumping up and down on the spot (in glee) while friend's mother and I tried to remind them not to go to the bathrooms alone, watch their drinks etc. etc. (Turns out this was all unnecessary as the only guys there weren't remotely interested in 16 year old females.)
They texted all their friends on the way to the arena, texted me once they had found their spots, "OMG you should see how close we are to the stage", and texted half way through the concert "This is my best night EVER". The Ball & Chain picked them up at 11pm, and they phoned again - although they were so excited I couldn't hear a word they were shrieking. Despite the fact that they had school next morning, they were so buzzed when they got home, they didn't go to sleep till about 1am.
Once I managed to wake them (with the aid of very loud 5 year old) they smiled and smiled, complained of sore throats - and declared "it was worth it".
That part of sixteen I would do again - totally! Don't you love teenage girls? When they haven't gone off the rails that is.