Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1938.
As of July 13, 2020, she is 82 years old.
February 12, 1938, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Hmmmmm.
That just doesn’t feel right and, really, it’s not right in any real sense.
I mean, Judy Blume is the hip author who taught a generation (generations!) of kids just a little more about how to grow up than we could ever learn from our friends or our adults.
In Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Blume showed us how weather the slings and arrows of our own awkwardness in the face of an overbearing younger sibling.
In Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, she taught us all about growing into a young woman. Even us unwitting young men who had reveled in Peter Hatcher’s misadventures.
Once we realized what was happening with Margaret, it was too late — we were into the story.
Blume also taught us a thing or two about bulling (Blubber) and exploring our bodies (Then Again, Maybe I Won’t) and all sorts of other stuff kids face every damn day.
And this is the lady who’s done rocketed through her 70s?
Well, then, it’s official — 70 is the new 16!