Sweet Revenge

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Lily hated the locker room. She hated her skinny legs and arms, and the way the other girls grinned at her skinny flat-chested body. She hated the showers most of all. It was torture for her to walk naked into the steaming room, hearing the giggling of other girls when they saw her, knowing they thought she was hideous.

Whoever wanted teen girls to shower together at the same time was a fiend. A perverted fiend at that!

But she endured. Now, no one laughed. Now, she was the highest-paid fashion model in the world.

49 thoughts on “Sweet Revenge

  1. This is true… anyone who was once a teenage girl winced! It is almost too painful to remember the horrors of “gym class.” Generations of girls carried the scars and horror with us. My own generation was in the early 1950s. The horrible blue gym suits and the constant hassle over showers…sneaking in with underpants, omg… It was all-important though. I know a girl who would have been class Valedictorian if her near-perfect record had not included a “D” in gym. The girl who actually made the honor….well, she didn’t have a “D in gym.” Her experience was in the 1980s.

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    1. Early 1960’s for me, with just the opposite problem from Lily’s. I wasn’t at all fat then, but I was curvy, ahead of most of the others. Gym class was agony. And I was so glad not to have to take it after my sophomore year. It was like being released from prison.

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    1. You know, I think boys are just different than girls when it comes to being naked in what, to me, felt like a public place. I have three sons, and they were all in athletics. Don’t remember them complaining. But then, neither did I. I figured it was just something I had to endure.

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  2. I think most, if not all, schools in Australia have cubicles; dressing and showering are done in private. At least that’s how it was at my school and from what I heard about other schools.

    You described a nightmare!

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  3. I love your story! It reminds me of one of Toni Morrison’s last books, “God Help the Child,” that tells the story of Bride, a girl born very dark-skinned and rejected by her mother. Later she becomes a high-dollar fashion diva.

    Ivana says, “Success is the best revenge.” 🙂

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  4. Sort of an ugly duckling story, eh Linda?

    I find it justice that kids who were popular (cool) in school often face more challenges, and often find less success, in life than those who were considered nerds and outcasts. Perhaps the struggle, and dealing with adversity, builds perserverance and character that wins out in the long run.

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    1. Agreed. As a teacher, I observed some of those “cool kids” who felt so entitled because of their high school standing that they really felt they didn’t have to work for a living. Sad.

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    1. Agreed. I watched it start in kindergarten when I was teaching in a small private school. Little bitty five-year-olds shunning the girl who didn’t have the clothes they did. It starts young. We need to teach them kindness. It doesn’t always come naturally.

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  5. No communal showers but let me tell you that in a boy’s boarding school there is no privacy 🙂
    An ugly duckling story indeed and I’ve seen that transformation in a few (no international models unfortunately).

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