The dumbest insult I ever got in school did not come from a boy who thought it was fun to make fun of the scar on my face. It was from a girl in gym class who decided to start calling me “Little Slut”. From what I can gather, it all started when we were all sitting on the floor in gym class on the first day of school. Can’t remember which grade, I just know we were in junior high. The girl next to me was talking to her friend, and then I heard her say to me in a sarcastic way, “Nice hair.” I was self conscious back then (no really!) and I glanced at her with a questioning, angry look. Her book bag was near my foot, so she grabbed it and snapped at me, “Little slut.” Um what?? “Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?” It alarmed me, but the more I thought about it the more it amused me. She called me that name a few more times as we’d cross paths during that year, but I never found out why she called me that name of all names. It was against my style to just confront her and ask her why in holy hell she decided to give me that name. It wasn’t as bad as the “scar face” remark from the other kid, though, but it was just so ridiculous! My friends never understood why she called me that name either. It is still a mystery to me, but the memory popped into my head earlier tonight.
When I was very, very young…during the age when I was still trying to master the English language (actually still trying on some days), I guess I fooled my parents into thinking I could not yet form a complete sentence. We were driving around the streets of Lakewood one day, and drove near a huge office building. According to my mom, I blurted out, “Wow, that’s a big building!” My mom and dad were flabbergasted. My mom said that I must’ve been storing up the words for awhile and just didn’t find it necessary to talk much until that exact moment. And to this day I will not speak unless I drive past a big building.
Remember when I said I had a collection of pins from when I worked at McDonald’s? Well here they are, all scanned and gathered together. If you want, you can click on the image for a larger view. CyberPete asked me if I still had the pins and yes CyberPete I do! My favorites are the seasonal pins, especially the one that reads, “McBoo”.