See the woman in the striped blouse? Her mother knew my older sister who lived in Chicago where we had been visiting. Her name was Josephine. Well, Josephine needed to get home to the same town we all lived in so my parents agreed to give her a ride even though we were hundreds of miles from home and were on our way to visit my grandmother in Milwaukee.
Well, Josephine liked to talk. A lot! Chatter, chatter, chatter...and then she said the unthinkable. She told me my little sister was cute but I wasn't. Now a girl that age does not need to hear such a thing! So I, of course, felt quite bad about this. However, my grandmother quickly cleared things up by whispering in my ear that Josephine had it all wrong and I was just as pretty as can be. But by now, I just dreaded having to spend time in the family car with the chatterer for hours to come. And that's what I was thinking.
Girls this age need so many confidence boosters! Even today, girls often feel insecure about so many things. It's so important to remember that being at that "awkward age" is about as painful as it gets for a young girl. Maybe that's why I love teaching Women's Studies to young women and letting them know how strong, capable, and beautiful they all are! Does my soul good!
(If you happen to see Josephine walking down the street, tell her I said, "Thank you." Without her input—and my dear grandmother's—I may have had a very different view of life!)
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