The Secret Life

By Emily, age 20, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

As a teenager, I didn't think I'd be the kind of kid to keep many things from my parents. I was always very generally open with them, and it was a good thing. But as I got older, I became interested in things that my parents wouldn't approve of, and when I started university, I was free to do as I liked without a parent hanging over everything I did.

My parents have no idea about the lifestyles I adopted over the years. Although they suspected that I had eating abnormalities, they didn't realize that I lost all my weight by starving myself.

My parents also don't know that I'm afraid of commitment, and that's why I haven't had a boyfriend in 4 years, nor do they know that I'm interested in girls sometimes.

My parents might never know that I'm living with herpes, even though I think they wouldn't think it was my fault, and I know that they'd love me no matter what disease I were to have.

I keep secrets from my parents, not to protect me, but to protect them. I know how much it would hurt them to know the things that I do about myself. It would hurt them to know that I hurt, so I'm protecting them from my dirty secrets.

So when the average teenager has secrets, it's not always just for themselves. They may be trying to protect someone else too.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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