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Opus 13: Ode to a 13-year old

What do you give a girl for her 13th birthday? I wrote a short piece with an exotic melody in hopes that she would play it. Instead, she dropped piano lessons and picked up drawing. Perhaps another 13-year old will attempt my "Opus 13" someday.

Thirteen is the beginning of the dreaded teenage years. When you're 13, you want to be any age but 13. You want to look 18 yet you still act 10 when you're with your parents. Your body grows faster than your brain. Little do you know that puberty and adolescence will run all over you until you say goodbye to 19, the end of your teenage years.

It could be the beginning of an exciting period in your life, when your hormones rage and your womanhood blossoms. You try different make-up to bring out that woman in you: lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow, the full works. Suddenly you feel old enough to wear lacy underwear, skimpy bikinis, padded bras, high heel boots, and black panties under white miniskirts. You want to show off those curves that never existed before.

And you wonder why your daddy still treats you like a little girl when strange men stare at you. You wonder why your grandpa still calls you cute when you want to be beautiful.

Look your age, I say. What happened to T-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes? You have plenty of time to look old. You can grow older but not younger. Please, do me a favour: look and act your age so your parents won't have to worry about you.

Opus 13 by Anne Ku
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3 September 2005 Saturday

Related links:
Anne and Suzy on Okinawa

The girls in Lima, Peru, June 1997

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Anne Ku at Ilp in May 2001
Anne Ku

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