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Mindy’s Fine. I’LL Show You Homely !

12 Dec

mindy-kaling-childhood-puppetMindy Kaling’s funny book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is full of pictures of her chubby little child-self. It puts me in mine my theme this week: Never mind the offspring blushing to acknowledge the parent, here’s a story where the parent HAD to have blushed to acknowledge the child.

My summer-camp-director of a mom was standing next to the camp nurse Fran, who was new that year and so was enjoying the spectacle as the campers filed into the dining hall from flag-raising exercises.

Some were so cute! – look at this little cabinful! – and the nurse said as much .

cabin one

Then… “But whose unfortunate-looking child is THAT you have to wonder?” she said to my mom indicating one small girl.

It was inevitable.

“That child is my daughter,” said Mom somewhat icily.

I never heard this story until two years ago. It sure puts me in MY place but I look at the pictures, and who can argue?  Live and get humble!

me at 5 with my problem hair

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16 responses to “Mindy’s Fine. I’LL Show You Homely !

  1. Joan

    December 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

    As time goes by, I think we not only grow older, but better.looking. That is, until the age of 75. Then things start going down. I mean REALLY down. Like who IS that fright in the mirror??? My sister, age about l0, accompanied my mother into the store fitting room as she tried on a new dress. “How do I look?” she asked. Diana said, “The dress looks good,.. but the face?”

     
  2. Terry Marotta

    December 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    OH YOUR POOR MOM! WHAT A REMARK!

     
  3. rjmaloney

    December 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I love the way you look now AND then. It’s a wonder your mother didn’t fire that nurse then and there.

     
    • Terry Marotta

      December 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

      They became and remained very good friends actually. Fran was wonderful as is her daughter Trish who was little more than a baby when she first came with her mom to our camp.

       
  4. Susie Merritt Clinesmith

    December 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Your lovely and look completely different than High School. I think we get more beautiful with AGE and WISDOM!

     
    • Terry Marotta

      December 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

      That would be nice wouldn’t it Susie.. The wisdom part I mean :-)
      Thanks for this dearie..

       
  5. Ann Brennan

    December 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    “That girl” was adorable then.

     
    • Terry Marotta

      December 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

      well Ann that’s just testimony to your niceness..

       
    • Mary

      December 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      She was cute and fun. What better combination.

       
  6. Mike McDonough

    December 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Terry, How old were you? That nurse was lucky it wasn’t humid that day.

     
    • Terry Marotta

      December 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

      ha! for sure! I started camp when I was five Mike

       
  7. Mike McDonough

    December 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Kathy, thinks you look “Darla” from the “Little Rascals”. Kathy hasn’t laughed uncontrollably for a very long time, the “water on the brain” line finished her off. “One of your best”

     
  8. Patty Schlossberg

    December 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

    That little girl, ie – you Is Not and Was Not and Still is Not Homely!

     
  9. sheila barry aborn lockwood

    December 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

    tes!! i knew that little girl- she was my best friend!! and just look at her now…:)

     
    • Terry Marotta

      December 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

      She still is your best friend.. Thanks Sheil!

       

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