Tuesday, September 13, 2005

WHEN I WAS A YOUNGER GIRL, (Journal Jar)

Today's question from the Journal Jar asks what we looked like as a child.  This is a school picture that I'm guessing was taken when I was about 8.  My eyes were always wide opened, as if I was looking for mischief.  And notice the perpetually crooked bangs and loose curls as my mom attempted somewhat in vain to make a little lady out of me, even if just for picture day.  I was always a nice tanned color which contributed to me being called 'black' by  a few ignorant students.  As a minority I was the victim of racial predjudice from an early age but because of my upbringing it hardly phased me.  If anything I think it taught me to stand up for myself and gave me strength through words and wit rather than physical violence.  I have never in all of my life been in a physical fight with anyone other than a sibling.  Nor can I recall ever having lost a verbal battle (although my siblings might disagree), even when the fight wasn't my own, thus the nickname given to me by my father... 'Buttinski'.  I was always so proud of that name although I'm sure it was never intended to be a compliment .

7 comments:

rjet33 said...

People can be soooo ignorant.  I am glad I have raised my children not to be prejudiced.  I never allowed words like the "N" word to be used in my house.  I never used them in front of my children nor allowed them to use them or any other kind of word that would belittle someone else because they were of a different race.  I have had a much richer life because I have friends of all races and shapes. :-)  I am glad to count you as one of them.

Blessings!
Susan
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swmpgrly said...

I love the old photos that they use to color in.
I remember mom leaving our dresses so they got it right.

dbp2000 said...

When I opened this entry I immediately said, "Awwwww."  What a cute picture of mini-Dornbrau!  I am glad the ignorance of others did not phase you.  You obviously were raised to have high self-esteem.  Kudos.
Donna

deshelestraci said...

YOu haven't changed a bit!  That is a tribute to all of the health eating you have been doing, right?!LOL  I imagine you can liguistically battle with the best of them.
Traci

sunnyside46 said...

you look so much like Rocky!
Marti

cdittric77 said...

Well, Fathers can be that way. My nickname was Monk - because I had long arms and legs and was uber hairy out of the womb :)

cneinhorn said...

aww Jody, you are too cute, crooked bangs and all.  You do look like you were up to mischief, it shows in your bright smiling eyes  :-)  Happy Birthday to you!

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