So if you have a teenage girl you might have found yourself at the One Direction-This Is Us movie this weekend like I was. I came into this with an open mind, ready to learn and soak the whole experience up. Maybe this movie would help me understand why if Jay says something my girls deem ‘mean’ about the group it will most likely cause tears, maybe it will help me comprehend the true meaning of a Directioner vs Directionator vs Carrot, maybe I will get it because I really do want to understand. (As much as you can understand hormonal teenage girls and their musical obsessions.) So here is my 1D knowledge. I’m fairly certain I am a Directioner and not a carrot. I can sing almost all of their songs even though my girls tell me I shouldn’t. In all honesty, I like the group but I was hoping the movie would clear up the absolute One Direction hysteria that dominates a large amount of time every day. So here is one mom’s take on why One Direction is such a big deal to my 11 and 13 year old.
These boys say the right things: “You don’t know you’re beautiful….”Who doesn’t want to hear this, “You light up my world like nobody else…..”This sounds great, “You still have to squeeze into your jeans but your perfect to me….”Yes I could hear this every day. Every female whether you are 11 or 39 wants to hear these words, especially from a cute boy. The desire for boys/men to say the right thing does not go away with age. Whether the guy is your boyfriend, friend, or the guy you’re dreaming about, you want them to say you’re beautiful, your perfect, and you’re the best.
These boys talk a ton about kissing: Let me kiss you, Let me be your last first kiss, my kiss can mend your broken heart. From about the age of 12 to almost 15 I worried/planned/obsessed/fretted over my first kiss. I wanted to order a kissing guide that use to be sold in the back of 17 magazine. I’m fairly certain young girls still worry about kissing and who better to day dream about than these seemingly sweet group of boys. I could be totally wrong about this but I think I might be onto something.
Accents, Young, and Impossibly Cute: Yep these kids seem to have it going on. They’ve covered all the bases. They seem pretty normal, they are all incredibly cute, and they seem like they could be just another boy at your school.
So after what I would like to term the “Summer of One Direction” in the Acker household I think I might be sold and I get it. Now I don’t think I get it enough to spend $1000 per ticket but I can say almost certainly me and my two 1D fans will be at their next concert. What sounds great at 13 still sounds great at 39. We all want the people that matter most to say the right things.