Monthly Archives: September 2008

September 4

Mall Mania

Hi, everybody!

Thanks so much for all your advice about the baseball game. In the end, I decided to take Sam as my guest because she’d never been to a game before. All of my other friends were very cool about it. They understood why I asked her to come to the game. In fact, on Monday morning they wanted to hear all about whether or not she liked it. Sam definitely did like the baseball game. She was eating hot dogs, waving her arms, and screaming at the umpire just like an American kid. Unfortunately, she couldn’t tell any of our friends how much fun she’d had, because she cheered so loudly she lost her voice! Her cheers must have worked though, because our team won the game.

Anyhow, since your comments were so helpful when I was trying to decide what to do about the game, I was hoping you could give me some advice about another problem I’m having. Yesterday, I went to the mall with my mom. We were looking at some jeans in this new boutique that’s across from the food court. Everything was fine until Addie and Sabrina walked into the store. Just Addie and Sabrina—no adults. When they saw me with my mom, they started laughing. And today at school, Addie told everyone that I was a baby who wasn’t allowed to go anywhere on her own.

There was no way I could defend myself, because the truth is I’m not allowed to go to the mall with my friends if there isn’t an adult with us. But I really want to be able to shop without a parent around, and not just because Addie is allowed to. Lots of my friends are allowed to shop by themselves, too. Liza’s mom lets her walk around the mall with her friends, and so does Marilyn and Carolyn’s mom. But my parents are real worriers. I’m afraid they’re never going to let me go to the mall by myself—ever!

Do you have any advice for me? Is there anything I can do or say that will convince my mom and dad that now that I’m in middle school, I’m mature enough to go shopping and eat at the food court with a few friends?

I can’t wait to hear from you!