Eczema – The biggest thing I was made of fun for as a child was my eczema. I would get patches of it on my cheeks, eyelids, elbows, shoulders, everywhere. Other kids would make fun of me for it, all of the time. I never said anything because I knew how foolish I looked, I agreed with everything they said about me. A guy friend of mine stuck up for me one day and told our classmates that they were birthmarks and to leave me alone. After that, that’s just what I went with when people asked me what was on my face. My mom brought me to the doctor’s office eventually and they diagnosed me with eczema that could be cured with over the counter treatment: Cortizone. Eczema takes awhile to go away and it comes back rapidly if you scratch at it. Even if it does go away for a little bit it always, always comes back. I still get the patches to this day, so I always have a tube of Cortizone at home and I try to apply it daily but, I’m so bad at not scratching that the patches on my elbows still never completely disappear!
Thunder Thighs – I’ve always had some juicy thighs, no matter how much weight I lose. That’s where all of my food goes. This kid used to look under the tables every time I wore a denim skirt to school and he’d laugh about how my thighs expanded and touched each other when I sat down. Now, my boyfriend always squeezes my thighs and tells me how sexy they are. I’m proud to have them.
Dandruff – I shampooed and conditioned my hair everyday but it was just so greasy and always filled with dandruff when I was in middle school. I had no idea what to do and all of the kids made fun of me for it. It’s a genetic thing. My dad has such bad dandruff, he’s gone to the doctor to get prescription shampoo and that didn’t even work for him. I just went to the salon one day for a haircut and she told me to stop putting conditioner on my scalp and just to rub it on the tips of my hair only once or twice a week. She saved my life and my hair.
Being Asian – It’s sad but I know that every non-white child (at least, in dominantly white schools) gets made of fun of for not being white. Even if it’s not meant in a “mean” way. Your closest friends have probably made snide remarks and racist comments that offended you but, you decided to ignore them because they thought they were being “funny.” For instance: in High School, my two “best friends” and I were taking pictures in our dresses, all done up for a school dance and they both pulled the edges of their eyes to make them look “chinky” like me. I just laughed along with them… I had been experiencing racism since forever. Another time I can never forget, I wrote about it: here.
What were some things you were made fun of for as a child? Or in your tween/teen years?
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