“To Mike Stevens, 1978; From Mike Stevens, 2012-2013”
“Hey Mike, I know you’re just about to enter high school. I know how traumatic it was for you going from elementary school to junior high. I just want to let you know it will be better, so don’t worry so much. I know you tend to be a worrier, but take the advice of a guy who’s seen it all, the things you think are important only will last about as long as it takes for the school door to close forever behind you, and you’ll soon forget why you even thought they were so important. I remember vividly that you are petrified of women; how much in awe you are of them. Just remember, most of them are as unsure of themselves as you are, about everything; they just do a better job of hiding it. I remember you always wore that deer caught in the headlights look. The usual result of that was you got run over quite a bit. You need to remember to stop being so shy. The only result of that will be that most women will think of you as being stuck up, when if they knew how painfully shy you feel, they wouldn’t think that way. You may be surprised to be receiving this letter from me, but I’m just trying to smooth things out for you. I know how mature you think yourself, but believe me, you’re not anywhere close! I’ve written to you before, but I wanted to again to pass on some more of my experience. Believe me; you’re going to need all the help you can get!
A concerned observer, Mike