I called up my Mom at work and told her I didn't have
any friends because everyone else's clothes were more exciting than mine.
Mom told me to use the Visa card. She called ahead to a local store to let
them know I had permission. "Next time, call Dad at work," she
said, "not me."
When I walked into the juniors section, I didn't see anything that I
had seen other kids wearing, and even though I knew I could have whatever
I wanted in the store, what I really wanted didn't seem to be there. So
I bought a pair of rainbow socks that seemed nice in the store, but when
I brought them home they didn't look special any more, and I knew they would
never win me friends.
Once, a teacher asked me to stay after school. She was my favorite teacher
ever, and I was hoping she would ask if I wanted to be her daughter. I had
gotten stars on every test that year. Instead, she asked why I came to school
bruised all the time. She said she thought maybe someone was doing something
that ordinary parents don't do. I thought about the question for a few seconds,
and then I looked down at my socks.
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