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Four Eyes

July 24, 2008

Due to an unpleasant situation with my eyes, I’ve been wearing my glasses this week.  It’s kind of inconvenient for several reasons.  I’m squinting outside all the time, I long for my big sunglasses.  I have to take the glasses off to play with the girls.  I’m not wearing much makeup due to the aforementioned unpleasant situation, but when I want to put a little on, it requires narrowing my eyes and getting about an inch way from the mirror on the medicine cabinet.

Wearing my glasses also brings me back to a simpler time… A time long ago when I was known by such clever names as “Four Eyes” or “Beady-Eyed Beatty”.  (Okay, at least the second one was original.)  I know what I looked like then, and I have to say I was probably an easy target.  Kearsie, this click is for you.  Melissa, if you’re reading this at work, don’t click on the link or you’ll be caught giggling at your desk.

Who wouldn’t make fun of this girl?

I think the term that best describes that era was “unfortunate”.  Not only did I look like that, but I was short, I dressed poorly, and I was in the Gifted program.  Not a recipe for popularity!

I had several years like that.  Glasses, bad hair, bad clothes.  Even when I got rid of the glasses, my hair was so-so and I was thrust into braces.  I was picked on for my overall appearance, the fact that I was a nerd, my faith, my virginity.

Good times, good times.

Sure, I remember those things.  Do I cling to them with a death grip?  No.  If I did, I would harbor ill will toward any pretty people, and most men.   That would have really hindered me, especially considering my friends fall into the “pretty people” category, and The Husband is a good-looking man.  I built a bridge and got over it.  Let that which didn’t kill me make me stronger.  Put my behind in the past.

The truth is though, I’m still a four-eyed girl with plain brown hair who enjoys reading.  My clothes aren’t always right, I laugh a little too loud and I can’t dance.  I cling to my faith.  I post on message boards.  If I’m still a nerd, so be it.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April permalink
    July 25, 2008 2:49 am

    Oh no! That picture…LOL! Minus the glasses, Grace looks so much like you, wow! Anyway, you are a beautiful woman with or without glasses! I should show you my senior picture…tight curls and braces…yikes! Been there, done that, sista! 🙂

  2. Melissa permalink
    July 25, 2008 8:54 am

    Ok, so you know that since you said not to look at work that means I did. I laughed out loud for a few minutes. That picture is classic! 🙂

  3. Carrie permalink
    July 25, 2008 3:56 pm

    Ok so all morning I was thinking how amazing you looked in your cute glasses. I wish I had told you now.

    I think you are amazing and beautiful. I don’t think you are a nerd or that your hair is just “plain” brown. I think it is wonderful.

    Keep clinging to your faith…and even to your cute glasses if need be :o)

  4. ourfamilylife permalink
    July 25, 2008 5:18 pm

    I think you’re beautful!!!! 🙂

  5. Mom permalink
    July 26, 2008 5:36 pm

    Even your mom giggled at the picture! You’re a beautiful young lady, inside and out. Love ya Babe.

  6. yenisa permalink
    July 26, 2008 11:05 pm

    OMG! I do not remember that. All I can say is, Grace looks just like you (minus the glasses) in that picture!!

  7. soundsliketomatoes permalink
    July 28, 2008 10:24 am

    Aren’t we so empowered, Ness? We’ve braved the cyber elements and posted the WORST pictures of us and people even LAUGHED at those pictures. We can do anything now.

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