by Sam Dow, Staff Writer
Illustrated by Tess Lyons
It was the twenty-sixth day of my fifth October I was wearing my new navy Converse sneakers you know the ones with the polka dots and pink laces? They were my favorite shoes. I was trying to learn how to tie them because daddy said “big girls ought to learn how to tie their own shoes” I wanted to show him I was a big girl I made knot after knot until finally one day I created my very own bow tie with my pink laces, when mommy and daddy saw what I had done, they picked me up and spun me around like a princess. They were so proud of me. I was so proud too. It was the twenty-sixth day of my eleventh October I was wearing my navy Converse sneakers they weren’t the ones with the polka dots and pink laces I was walking into school when some girls came up to me They showed this magic thing called makeup They said I could be pretty if I put it on my face and all the older girls in magazines wore it I wanted to show them that I was a big girl too They said they could give me a makeover in the bathroom It would only take a minute so I let them When they finished I gasped I rose on the toes of my beat up sneakers and gawked at my reflection in the mirror All the other girls smiled and giggled. They were proud of me I guess I was proud too? It was the twenty-sixth day of my sixteenth October I wasn’t wearing my navy Converse sneakers you know the ones with the polka dots and pink laces? I was wearing 4 inch stilettos bedazzled with jewels you know the ones with the metal clasp and invisible knives that stab the back of your heel? I smelled like hairspray and perfume from Victoria’s Secret that gave me a headache My friends said I looked great as I stumbled blindly into the school dance They were all dancing with some random boys I just stood trying to hear myself think in the midst of chaos I tried to push my way out of the mass of bodies closing in around me but my heels wouldn’t budge they wouldn’t let me get away. I really wished I was wearing my old navy Converse sneakers you know the ones with the polka dots and pink laces?