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Friday, January 19, 2007

You've Come a Long Way

For the most part, I loved grade school. I know some of you may not even remember those years of your life, but I remember mine vividly. I suppose it's a little pathetic that my "glory days" were in grade school, and it's definitely pathetic that I'm admitting it on the internet for all the world to see. But it's the truth.

In grade school, good grades came easy and - gasp - I even liked some of my classes. I loved most of my teachers, and, let's be honest, they loved me. Though we girls got into our share of spats and though a boy or 2 caused me some heartache, overall I had good friends with whom I got along the majority of the time.

In junior high, I became a little nervous about the transition to high school, but I was cautiously optimistic. And then, I was "put on notice" that perhaps I should be more worried than I was. When I was in 8th grade, a new kid transferred in to the 7th grade. He was a bit of a "bad boy," I suppose, and we were soon an item. The "relationship" didn't last past 8th grade, but something he told me stuck with me: "You're kind of pretty but if you want the boys in high school to like you, you'll have to grow your hair longer, [he might have advised getting a perm, too], do sit-ups until your stomach is flat, and get a tan, especially on your stomach." Um, thanks for the unsolicited advice. Oh, and for the feeling that I wasn't quite good enough to cut it in the high school social scene...a feeling I had somehow managed to mostly avoid during my grade school years.

Cut to today (or, more accurately, yesterday). I'm no longer in high school. I'm a professional twice over: a registered nurse and a practicing attorney who is at the start of a hopefully promising career. I make decent money, own a house, and have a wonderful family and several good friends. Surely the way I'm viewed by members of the opposite sex has changed. Or not. Last night I received the following unsolicited advice from a male friend: "You have a great body and a nice ass. If you just lose 10 pounds you'll be smokin'. Come on, you can do it." I felt like I'd been transported back in time.

Ladies, does this happen to you? What is it about men that they think I need or want this free advice? And what is it about me that prevents me from slapping them when I receive it?


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