I’ve been looking in the back of the book for the answers
Hoping the bell wouldn’t chime
But I’m not ready to put down my pencil just yet
There are too many answers that I didn’t get
I need a little less pressure and a little more time
I am trying to follow
I am trying to lead
I am trying to learn what is true
I am trying to be what you want and I need
And we all have a little more homework to do
The song and the show have a lot to say about the pressures of being a teenager – a time that I wouldn’t want to return to, but I get to relive in a way, as the parent of two teenagers and one tween.
|The talented cast of 13/photo by Tania Legvold|
|Sebastian, as a rabbi, before going onstage opening night.|
You don’t have to be a teen to appreciate the show’s messages about friendship, popularity and staying true to yourself.
|Nana and Seb after Sunday’s performance.|
“... we raise our voices in shouts of praise for the delightful evening of humor and dramatic excellence. And, the audience, young and old, got the message! ‘We still have a lot of homework to be done’ in our everyday relationships, in our acceptance of diverse cultural and religious roots, in cheering for and caring for each other.”
I plan to see the show one more time, on Saturday night. And I’m going to do my homework and pack some Kleenex in my purse, so I’ll be ready.