This Is Us

In Praise of Teenagers

Yes, they’re reckless. But they need our tenderness, too.

Closeup of woman’s face with freckles.
Closeup of woman’s face with freckles.

We were trying on our dresses for the wedding, my two future step-daughters, my daughter and I: four females squashed into our family bathroom. All of us were crying. Something was wrong with each of the outfits — shoes too tight, neckline unflattering. My bridal gown has brushed…