The year was 1983. This picture was taken by my 4th grade, home room, teacher Mr. Roach. He took pictures of all the kids in the class, sitting on this bench. I don't remember why. Maybe it was for Mother's Day or something of that sort.
Anyway, check out my out fit!! Very 80's! The glasses are a dead give away to the time period! They were so big! But, I was sporting a really cute red heart sticker on the lens. That made them at least a little bit cool! I personally dig the brown shoes, white socks and rolled pant legs!
My mom loves this picture. I'm not sure why. For years she had it sitting on her dresser. For me this picture brings back the memory of Mr. Roach. What I remember most about him was that he believed in me. He noticed in me a shy, self-conscious little girl who was very unsure of herself. He saw the insecurities I dealt with. I just wanted to fit in, feel pretty and be liked. He realized that and made me feel accepted. I will never forget the joy I felt when I read what he wrote in my yearbook. He circled my picture and wrote, "Miss America some day!" You can imagine how my little girl heart sang!
Well, I never made Miss America. I didn't ever try. But, from that day on a part of me (even if it was teeny-tiny) knew that even if I didn't feel accepted by the "in" crowd, I was accepted by others, for who I was, big glasses and all. And by golly some one, besides my parents, thought I was beautiful! What more could a girl want!
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