"She shrugged. ‘You know, when I was your age and feeling upset, my
mother, your gram, would always just say, ‘You don’t know what unhappy is, you’re just a kid.’ Like anything a kid would feel would be less difficult or painful than what an adult would feel.’
'That's probably true,' I said, not really listening.
'No, it isn't,' my mother said firmly. 'In a lot of ways being a kid is worse than being an adult. You have the same things to deal with: friends, temptations, love and hate, and all that. Only you don't have the two great weapons that adults have to help them.'
I cocked an eye at her. ‘What two great weapons?’
'Well, the first is experience. Experience maybe doesn't make you
smarter, but it means you can think, ‘Hey, I had something like this
happen once before, and I survived.”
'Okay, I'll ask: What's the second great weapon?”'
She looked right at me. ‘You are, Jake. Because as your mom, I can look at you and think, ‘Oh, man, as bad as I feel right now, as bad as things may be, at least it isn’t as bad as being a teenager.’
I laughed. It was a tired, weak laugh, but it was something.”
an important message from the animorphs: it doesn’t matter how old you are your feelings are important and nobody can write them off because of your age