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Too Perfect.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, August 18, 2011

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A chubby girl is jealous of the new girl at school.

I hate Jo Donna Griggs ...

I just saw her for the first time yesterday (school started), and already my thoughts are consumed with jealousy and/or envy.  I will probably never measure up to her: I can see that in the eyes of the other kids already.

Jo Donna is everything I am not.  Pretty, to the point of being gorgeous, with long, curly ash-blonde hair that falls to the middle of her back in long, tumbling curls and ringlets, huge dark-brown eyes fringed with impossibly-long lashes (made even longer with mascara), perfectly sculpted eyebrows, a nice, pert nose, beautiful teeth, dainty bow lips, and a heart-shaped face that's smooth and free from any blemishes.

Meanwhile, I look dumpy.  Chubby, with limp, baby-fine hair that's no special color (maybe dishwater-blonde), small grey eyes, stubby lashes, a big Roman nose (think Barbra Streisand), thick lips, a crooked smile, discolored teeth (due to the medication I've been on due to my epilepsy), a round stomach that makes me look pregnant, and arms and legs that resemble tree turnks: let's face it: there's nothing "cute", "small", or "skinny" about ME!

Kids pick on me constantly.  They call me "The Creature From Outer Space", "El Chunko", "Fatty-Patty", "Tub-O'-Lard", "Fatso", and "Elephant-Girl" among other less-than-desirable nicknames.  They also call me "Special-Needs" and "Retarded" (I have a learning disability on top of having epilepsy; I am in the Special-Needs Class here at school).

Most days, I try to fake sick, just so I can get out of going to school and/or facing these kids, but Mama, she makes me go anyway unless I'm REALLY sick.  She knows all my tricks, so I can't get away with hardly anything.  It really sucks.  She doesn't understand all the pain I go through when I hear the Mean Kids teasing me constantly.  I bet if she were to stay with me at school, she would finally believe me and then see why I come home from school in tears practically every afternoon (like today, and the school year's just started!).

I wish I could take a picture of the New Girl and see that she has only added to my ever-growing list of problems I face at school.  I also wish that Mama could homeschool me, so I wouldn't have to even LOOK at stupid Jo Donna Griggs or hear the catcalls from the other kids!!  Then Mama will see that what I am trying to tell her or that the tears are REAL, NOT fake! 

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/18/2011
oh so sad when you have to face it every day,and you can't change things. If only other children weren't so cruel,but they are. You know how to write of these problems Karen,and maybe find some ideas to help those like that poor girl with all her problems. Hope all is well with you! You and Karla are always in my thoughts and prayers!

Love and prayers,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/18/2011
Hearbreaking ... wanting to be normal, when society has no idea of what normal IS. It's the real people out there, not airbrushed or anorexic 'ideals'. Well done, Karen. Hope this young lady will learn to accept herself as she is and hold her head up high.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/18/2011
Sad when a child is made to feel this way
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 8/18/2011
What a shame for this young girl to be so "down" on herself, and more the shame of the kids that taunt her. You got me in the heart with this story, Karen.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark

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