I'm reaping the rewards for keeping my eyes and pretending to listen now. Except now I have to pretend in a different way. I have to pretend not to be horrified by what their classmates are doing when they show me the tweets. I have to pretend that the Vine they show me isn't awful to me. I have to pretend that it doesn't panic me when they go off with their friends driving. I have to pretend that the stories they tell me don't make me want to die inside and instead just respond, "what do you think of that?" I have to pretend, again, or they will stop sharing. And now the stakes are higher if they don't share.
Share with me when you are struggling in a relationship. Share with me when you are insecure and are trying to work your way through it. Share with me when you're thinking of doing something and you're seeking advice. Share when you have a question about something embarrassing. I will listen. I will let you come to the answer you need, not give the answers I think you need. I will not judge. I might want to die inside, but the silence would kill me faster.