Bill’s Challenge: Learning the Truth at 17

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  1. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Take some time to read this wonderful piece of writing by Greg Cain in response to Bill Holland’s challenge.

    https://hubpages.com/literature/Bills-C … ruth-at-17

    I love this Greg, and I can certainly relate, as I am sure many people can when reminiscing their teenage years.

    1. boxelderred profile image89
      boxelderredposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi John - thanks for reading and sharing.  As always, I appreciate it, and I appreciate you.  Have a great week, my friend.

  2. Gianella Labrador profile image84
    Gianella Labradorposted 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing John. Having cysts and acne scars nowadays is no longer a problem. But just how embarrassing it was then to have puberty problems especially on a school pictorial, these pictures surely engraved a scar too. Every picture do tell a story. Embarrassing ones, funny ones, 'never again', the ' let's do it again next time' , and many more. Pretty good if you can still remember the story of the picture in its tiniest details of events that it happened. I mean after so many years that passed by.

    A great read. Thank you Greg and John!

    I hope that 17 year old guy knows now how to deal with acne scars and pus on the face. And can now have pictures without trying to hide anything on his face. I mean there are tons of filters and skin care products out there.

    Oh and if that guy still happens to have wet dreams, just wash the sheets and change clothes. It will be fine. It doesn't only happen when you are young. It will also be part of adulting.

    God bless to both of you.

    Take Care

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for reading Greg’s article, Gianella. You offer wise advice as well. Blessings to you.

    2. boxelderred profile image89
      boxelderredposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Gianella - no doubt about how times have changed.  Perhaps in someways the changes have been for the better, but also maybe something else is missed.  The adversity put in our face when we were teens is part of what prepared us for adulting.  And after all, as you mentioned, some of this is part of adulting, too.  I was in my late forties and still getting the occasional pimple for some reason or other.  Anyway, most of all thanks for giving the story a look.  Appreciate it.

  3. Pamela99 profile image90
    Pamela99posted 2 years ago

    All that you describe is just part of growing up Greg. Most of us felt awkward at times as a teenager. I enjoyed reading your story, and it is a good response to Bill's challenge.
    Thanks for posting this article John.

    1. boxelderred profile image89
      boxelderredposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Pam - yes, agreed.  It’s all part of growing up.  Awkward was more normal, I think, than most of us knew until later.  As always, too, I appreciate your kind words.  I will miss Bill and wanted to put something out there to at least acknowledge his last challenge to the gang here on HP.  Have a great weekend, Pam.

  4. celeste inscribed profile image90
    celeste inscribedposted 2 years ago

    Something that I've learned over the years is that I wasn't as alone in my teenage insecurities as I thought I was. As adults my high school friends are more open about how they felt growing up and I would bet that most of the kids you walk past in the school hallway felt some kind of awkwardness about their bodies. I know I did. It is a blessing now because I can use those feelings and experiences to support my son from pimple to pimple and tell him it will all be ok.

  5. billybuc profile image86
    billybucposted 2 years ago

    Talk about bringing back memories. I didn't think the pimples would ever stop appearing on my face, and then it happened, but I'll bet nobody can remember when it happened. It's like they haunted us for years and then, when they were gone, we didn't even realize it.

    Great memory, buddy! I was right there with you, squeezing that pimple in front of the mirror. LOL Thanks for answering the challenge. This was a blast to read, and I thank you for it.  You are a writer in a similar vein as me, and i love all of your work.

  6. boxelderred profile image89
    boxelderredposted 2 years ago

    Hi Celeste, agreed completely.  Too, I think that as we age, as the world gets more educated on what's normal, what's acceptable/not acceptable, we are better prepared to help our own children.  I know I found that to be the case with my kids in many areas.  My youngest is now 25, but he's still a youngster to me, and occasionally I have to let him know that one thing or other is "part of life."  Thanks for giving it a look.

  7. boxelderred profile image89
    boxelderredposted 2 years ago

    Bill - thanks for the words and also thanks for the challenge.  Thanks also for your dedication to and ipact on Hub Pages and the community here.  We'll miss you, but I'll be following your new webpage and keeping in touch along the way.  Be well and be good.  Best to you and Bev and the pups.

  8. Peggy W profile image95
    Peggy Wposted 2 years ago

    Hi Greg,

    I'll bet that most teenagers back then had some type of insecurity, and it probably is the same today.  It is all a part of growing up.  Pimples were simply a part of it.  Kudos to your mother for trying to put things in perspective!  Thanks John for sharing Greg's work about those teenage days.

  9. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Greg, a number of us had articles stolen and posted as soon as we published them by another website. Misbah filed a DCMA form and others complained, so we managed to have our articles removed from there. However, I checked and found this article of yours there:
    https://acpeo.com/2022/03/06/bills-chal … -17/?amp=1
    Just so you are aware.

    1. boxelderred profile image89
      boxelderredposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      John - well, this is a first, I guess.  Funny, too, that whoever did this even left the “copyright greg cain 2022” thing on there.  Crazy.  I don’t have the first idea about how to address this so I guess I’ll just shoot a not e to the editors.  Thanks for letting me know, John.

      1. Jodah profile image91
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, they left the copyright and even link back to HubPages as the source. I can’t figure their reasoning, as well the site supposedly has a gourmet food niche but most of the articles stolen from HubPages is anything but food related and mostly listed under the heading “Business.”

        1. Misbah786 profile image84
          Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          John, there's something fishy going on at that website. They've re-posted one of my poems that had been removed a few hours ago. sad hmm neutral

          1. Jodah profile image91
            Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, I see that. This is getting stranger by the minute. They still haven't reposted the article of mine that was removed. I really hope someone gets to the bottom of this.

            1. Misbah786 profile image84
              Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Hmmm... It's very strange. I'm hoping that someone can help us with this. I was in the middle of writing a hub today when I noticed they reposted it, so I just stopped writing. Wondering if I should provide someone with a ready-made article to post somewhere else. It's a terrible situation. It's disheartening and depressing. neutral

              1. Jodah profile image91
                Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Wow, before you even finished writing an article and published it? I wonder if you should write an article about content theft and specifically mention Acpeo as being one of the worst offenders. If articles are being stolen automatically it may be copied to their site without even checking lol.

                1. Misbah786 profile image84
                  Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  I had planned to publish that article today, but seeing the previous one being reposted ruined my mood. By the way, I really liked your advice; writing such an article would be a lot of fun. I must give this a try. It would be great fun and revenge at the same time big_smile

                  1. Jodah profile image91
                    Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    go for it big_smile

          2. boxelderred profile image89
            boxelderredposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Misbah - thanks for the kind words.  Yes, I was still getting them on occasion later in my 20s and 30s.  Not like when a teen but on occasion.  Anyway. Thanks for reading.  I really don’t think there’s much to be done..part of life, as they say. 

            Also, I hope we can get this plagiarism mess figured out quickly.

            1. Misbah786 profile image84
              Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

              I hope smile

              1. boxelderred profile image89
                boxelderredposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, me too.  I just visited this website:  https://acpeo.com and it has many directly-lifted articles from HP.  This has to be stopped.  I sent a note to the Team at HP, hoping to hear back tomorrow.

                1. Misbah786 profile image84
                  Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  This is what Matt said about this matter on a forum discussion: https://hubpages.com/forum/post/4231519

  10. boxelderred profile image89
    boxelderredposted 2 years ago

    Thanks for the words, Peggy.  I am certain you are right.  This was only partly biographical in nature, but it was based completely on experiences me and some of my friends had in school.  Have a great week, Peggy!

  11. Misbah786 profile image84
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Greg, I enjoyed reading your hub. Acne is something to which we can all relate. By the way, I'm still getting pimples and popping them. I'm maturing, but my habits continue to stay the same. Is there anything that can be done? smile
    It was a unique response to Mr. Bill's challenge. Thank you so much for sharing.

    John, thank you so much for sharing Greg's article smile

    Blessings to both of you!!

  12. Gianella Labrador profile image84
    Gianella Labradorposted 2 years ago

    That would be a great word prompt John! Content theft. Interesting. big_smile

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Feel free to use it as such, Gianella. big_smile

  13. Gianella Labrador profile image84
    Gianella Labradorposted 2 years ago

    Would think about it big_smile

  14. vocalcoach profile image93
    vocalcoachposted 2 years ago

    Thanks, John for posting this!  An outstanding article.  I'll be looking for more writings from Greg.  He took me back in time, pulling up a few memories that made me smile.  It was a big deal back then, reliving becoming of age and all.

    What a trip!

    1. Jodah profile image91
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for reading, Audrey. I felt the same way when I read Greg’s story.

 
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