For Your Listening Enjoyment: Junior High + Tomboy Memories

After reading this post on Tomboy Style earlier this week, where a chef recalls being handed the key to the men's restroom as a little girl, I couldn't help but remember the time I was mistaken for a boy on our 8th grade trip to Great America -- in front of the boy I liked all through middle school.  It definitely wasn't the first time that mistake was made but it was probably the most traumatic.  I mostly never cared to be called a boy back then because I related more to the guys -- I could talk to them about punk rock and we typically enjoyed the same types of jokes (a solid combo of self-deprecation and toilet humor.)  While driving to work this morning, Cryin' by Aerosmith came on and it sent me right back to Junior High and reminded me that back then, I found solace in the fact that if I looked like a guy, I kind of looked like Steven Tyler.  And he was really effing cool in the 90s.  But wait!  Here's the cool part: my middle school crush?  He still really liked me back -- even after witnessing someone mistake me for a boy!  Also, I ultimately found a really rad husband who is comfortable enough with his masculinity that he can deal with me being a non-dainty female.  And, yes, we still enjoy punk rock, self-deprecation and toilet humor.

Nowadays, I wear the title of "Tomboy" like a badge of honor.  I can open my own almond butter jars, thank you very much.  And jeans are more comfortable than dresses any day of the week.

Now, here's a dose of Aerosmith to send you back in time.  This is best enjoyed at a very high volume so you can't hear yourself missing Steven's high notes as you scream along.



5 comments:

La Feem said...

Your one hot tomboy, I'll tell ya that. Ain't nobody confusing you for a boy these days.

julia wheeler said...

haha thanks heather... you are the best:)

Bunny and the Wolf said...

I am a total tomboy.I feel most myself when I don't have a lick of femine edge other than lipstick. Recently a friend of ours was trying to describe a girl that he found to be really girly and out of nowhere he said "not like Anna". I was shocked at first but then took it as a compliment.I feel most comfortable the way I am. So does the hubz, which makes it even more perfect. Great subject Julia.

julia wheeler said...

anna, you should totally take that as a compliment. you are yourself and that is RAD.

kristen murino said...

was just talking about this video the other day...so wanted to be alicia silverstone during this era!

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