The Ugly Duckling
Embarrassing parents – swan duckling
Everyone made fun of David. He was born premature but ended up…
Angel tagged me with this Haphazardly Tag.
The rules are to post one blog you wrote in this past week. Next answer the questions. Finally, nominate three bloggers.
The Post I will place here that I wrote within this week is;
The questions are;
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Always closed. I have always feared the boogie man! LOL
What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name? Terri instead of Terry. My dad wanted a boy and people always instantly think I am a guy
What’s the worst/most embarrassing CD/album you’ve ever owned and do you still have it?
One year when I didn’t care about who I represented on this earth I made a CD that was all Christmas music. The words were full of adult humor.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A mommy and a nurse
When was the last time you cried from laughter, and why?
Just last week. The kids came here the evening of the funeral. They were exhausted and stressed. As we all talked everyone loosened up and soon we were laughing about memories so hard I was crying.
Do you like to use Post-It© notes?
I have to now a days. It started this year. I would go to the grocery store and forget items, so I began to make notes whether it be the grocery store, Walmart, or for Al.
Do you practice your smile for pictures? Most of the time I don’t smile for pictures. I am so aware of my weight that I try to hide among people. I forced myself to smile when I went to the doctor’s office because I knew that I was going to post it for you.
Do you sleep with your sheets out or tucked in?
Call me odd but I sleep with everything tucked in and up to my neck. Sheets, blankets, and comforter. Even in the summer the sheet is always over me. I have this weird thing about something crawling on me and maybe biting me. LOL
What is the most bizarre item of food you’ve ever eaten?
I am a coward. I only eat beef, chicken, fish or ham. I eat lobster, shrimp, and clams. I don’t eat anything that will slime down my throat, or that I saw wiggling five minutes earlier. I don’t eat raw fish, and I don’t eat fish where they eyes are still showing. I guess I am picky, but I never thought so until I reread my answers.
Do you chew on your pen/pencil?
When I was a kid in school I used to bite on my pencils to see how deep of teeth marks I could make. Mom always told me my teeth would come out and get stuck in the pencil and I would die of lead poisoning. So no, I don’t chew or bite either as an adult.
What’s your least favorite movie? Please don’t come through the screen and slap me! LOL I don’t like sci-fi so Star Wars would be the ultimate worst movie ever for me.
Where would you bury a hidden treasure if you had it?
Where is safe at today? The banks aren’t safe. They have too many fees to rob you of your money. The stock market is a mess. CD’s and bonds take too long to mature and I don’t want to pay the penalty to pull them out early. So probably in my underwear drawer. No one will ever look there now that I am almost 59 years old. hehe
When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
A month ago. I wrote a letter to Al and my Grandma in Florida. Al wanted me to write it and tell her that he thinks of her a lot and loves her. To this day we don’t know if she ever received it as we have heard nothing.
What was the first concert you attended?
I have never been to a concert.
Have you ever won a spelling bee?
No, but I did come in second place in the fourth grade.
Do you hold your nose when you jump into a swimming pool?
No I never hold my nose. Don’t you know the old saying,”fat floats”? I have never been afraid of drowning. I have tried to go to the bottom of the pool and stay but I guess the saying is true because I always come back to the top!
Are you patient?
In some ways I am more patient now that I am older, but in other times I am more impatient. Noise and little kids usually makes me impatient. My neat and tidy house I can let go longer than a day now without cleaning. Since I dine alone, I just want to get it over. I am never impatient with sleep anymore. I can sleep anytime and anyplace.
What is the type and model of the first phone you ever had?
The first cell phone I ever had was a pay as you go phone. Then I thought I had to have what others had so I got a Droid. I barely used the internet and most of the apps I didn’t use. So now I have a plain jane phone. As long as it answers phone calls and I can text I am content.
Who is your favorite American president? Why?
Touchy area as I don’t usually talk about politics. For me personally the last President we had that I respected and believed in was Ford. He seemed sincere and honest. He seemed to care about our country and the people living in it.
What would you do with a $1 million lottery winning?
I would pay my car off!!!!!! With me not working it is a constant worry for me. Then I would buy a piece of land with most of the property left in virgin state. I would have my log cabin finally. It would be filled with antiques, a wall to wall fireplace, wood floors, a real antique stove. A nice porch with a porch swing overlooking a pond that was filled with fish. When I look out my back windows I would see deer and rabbits. I would have so many bird feeders. Life would be divine for me, next to living in Heaven.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I don’t believe in ghosts. I do believe in good and bad spirits and I definitely believe in angels.
Is it easier to forgive or forget?
It is much easier for me to forgive. I have taken a long time to forgive someone. I know that Jesus forgives so I can too, but forgetting is almost impossible. I do keep those bad times buried way back in my mind. Writing is a place where sometimes those thoughts come to life but they do help me heal.
Education or wealth – which is better to have?
At this point in my life I would choose wealth. As I get older I get more ailments than I used to. I would like to know that I am not going to leave my kids hanging with my funeral expenses. I would like to know that I can give Al what he needs for as long as he is here. If we are talking many years ago I would choose education. I would have been better off now that Social Security is present. If I would have worked higher paying jobs and had a life time career I would be more set than I am now for the Golden Years, but alas it is too late now.
One thing most people don’t know about you.
This is a hard one. I have told about all of you everything there is to know. One thing, if I had money to pay back loans I would still go to Nursing School to become a nurse.
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Everyone made fun of David. He was born premature but ended up being an obese child. From the time he started Kindergarten he was teased. Fatty fatty two by door can’t get through the kitchen door. Hey watermelon boy.
Even when he was home there was no place to run. His parents picked on him and made rude comments about his weight. The more he was ridiculed the more he remained in his bedroom. He did his homework and ate in his room.
As he got older he would play his music loud enough to drown out all noises in the house. His nice bike that his grandparents had bought him for his birthday was used primarily for going back and forth to school.
When Grandpa and Grandma would invite him over to their house for an over night visit; this is the only solace he received. They didn’t judge him. In fact they offered him many snacks all being healthy. They made David feel very special; like he was the only kid in the world.
On his 13th birthday he made up his mind he was going to lose the extra weight. Instead of racing home on his bike he remained behind and ran the track behind the school. At home he measured out his own food making sure he didn’t go over the limits of calories.
He went to sleep earlier so the urges to snack were removed. On the weekends he walked around his neighborhood until he was walking two miles each day. Kids at school started noticing and little by little girls were turning his way.
This gave him even more gumption to keep on pushing himself. He was no longer running the track for a half an hour. He was now running for over an hour after school. The weight dropped quickly. Everyone around him was now paying him big compliments.
His parents took him to the store for clothes shopping. He was able to pick out more modern and up to date clothing. Sometimes when he looked in the mirror he had to take a double look to recognize himself.
One day he was running the track and he collapsed. It was a good thing that the coach had his team out practicing for baseball. One of the team members noticed David on the ground and yelled,” David’s down Coach. Come on everybody, let’s go check him out.”
When the coach checked for a pulse he could barely feel it as it was so soft. He told one of the kids,” Run as fast as you can and have the office call 911.” Soon the ambulance had arrived and found David barely breathing.
They rushed him to the hospital where they discovered he had suffered from a heart attack. Wow, at 13, a heart attack. Several tests were taken and when the results all came back the doctor sat down with the parents of David.
” David has definitely had a heart attack. He has over worked his heart at his young age. What would make him want to over exert himself to this point? Do either of you know?”
The parents looked at each other and hung their heads down saying, ” No we don’t have any idea why he did this. He wanted to wear clothes that mainly skinny kids wore is all we know.”
The doctor looked at them and he knew by their guilty looks that they had placed the idea in David’s head that he was ugly and fat. He told them, ” Well I am not sure what is going on in the home but a change is needed. He is dehydrated and his blood levels are low. To have a heart problem at this age is unreal.”
He stood up and went back to watch over David. The parents sat out in the waiting room saying nothing. Their guilt eating them up for helping this to happen to their son.
When the doctor went home that night he was telling his family at supper about the young David. One of his daughters asked,” Dad, who is it? What grade is he in? Do we know him?”
” I can’t reveal his name. It is against policy but I can tell you he is around your age.”
The daughter said, ” We have this one kid. Everyone picks on him all the time. The kid’s name is David. He just loves to eat and got himself so fat we all sort of teased him. I know it was wrong Dad, but you just couldn’t help it when you saw him waddling down the school halls. But he has changed. He decided to lose some weight and now he is looking really good. He fits in with the rest of us.”
The doctor hung his head in shame. My own daughter played a part in this. I thought I taught her better than this.
” Everyone has a reason for being different. Whether it is our skin color or our weight, we all have the same hearts. We all feel pain and hurt the same. We all want to feel wanted and needed. No one wants to be made to feel different” Dad said.
” I am ashamed of you. I thought I taught you better than that. How would you feel if you were David? asked the Doctor.
Tears started to fall from her cheeks as she realized what she had done to this student. She had known better but didn’t want to look out-of-place by standing up for David when her friends were making fun of him.
Without the Doctor saying his patient’s name everyone at that dining table knew it was David. The table got very quiet as they finished eating.
About a month went by and David was able to return to school. He had suffered no permanent damages. His age had protected him. When he rode his bike to school and entered the front doors he saw banners hanging from the ceiling.
Each one of them said “Welcome Back David”. There were colorful balloons with streamers hanging from them placed all over the commons. There were arrows pointing towards the auditorium. Strangers to David walked up to him and told him to follow them.
David did as he was told but wondered what in the world was going on. When they entered the double doors they were welcomed by the entire school. All the kids and teachers stood up and started clapping.
Two students guided him to the front and lead him up on the stage. The Principal went to the microphone and welcomed David back to school. David’s classroom went up to the microphone and publicly apologized to David for the way they had treated them. After each student had spoken he was shocked beyond belief.
The two biggest kids that picked on him walked towards him and handed him a trophy. It was a big gold statue of a boy standing with his head held high. He was holding books in one hand and waving with his other hand. The words on the trophy said, To the Most Honorable Student.
David looked at the trophy with tears in his eyes. All of the disappointments and bullying had vanished. He looked up and out over the audience and said, ” Thank-you everybody. I don’t know what to say but thank-you.”
The student body stood up and clapped and cheered him. There was never a lesson they had been taught that school year as important as the one they had learned from David.
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Her grace, that face
So kind to human race
The walk, the talk
Puts all in shock
Every person she sees
Is bending at knee
As she passes their way
To only brighten ones day
Words are spoken of her
All true I am sure
The one who was chosen
From the womb unfrozen
Our Princess our pride
Known deep and wide
If I could just reach out and touch
Her hair I would clutch
The smell of the rose
Would infiltrate the nose
Oh what would be such a life
If she would become my wife
But alas she is taken
My loins will keep achin
But I will always have this
My hand did she kiss
I will always remember
That day in November
When she did look at me
With eyes the color of seas.
Now the time has passed
And this is the last
Time I will see her walk by
And look into my eyes.
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