In my late teens, I made some very good friends who I enjoyed immensely. They were wonderful examples to me in many ways and greatly brightened my life, however, there was one very bad habit that I picked up from them - teasing other girls about boys.
Of course, I had been around this kind of teasing before. I believe it’s quite impossible to make it to almost any age without such teasing coming up in some form, but this, however, was just a more concentrated form of teasing than I had really been around before. (And much more fun!) I remember a stack of us girls stretched out on a bed, teasing each other about different boys. It seemed so fun, so absolutely harmless and even innocent.
If you have created a mental image that my sister and I were perfect angels on this subject, you can just erase that thought because, we certainly were not! We were, however, raised to be very careful in this area of our lives, and for that I am ever grateful! We had each struggled with different issues and discontentment at times but it was nothing compared to the feelings of discontentment that were fed by the continual teasing of one another on this subject. What had seemed like innocent, harmless fun had turned into something that made each of us feel as though we would never be able to survive unless prince charming came into our life - and very soon!
The two years that my sister and I spent in continual teasing of each other turned out to be the two most discontented years of my life. I was extremely frustrated that the right guy had not yet come along and that was nearly all that my dreams and focus for my life had turned into.
Simple. Fun. Harmless. Innocent……. Or is it?