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Bump on a Blog: Tween Embarrassment 

Published February 3, 2014 at 1:48 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:51 p.m.

click to enlarge Me at 12.
  • Me at 12.
n seventh grade, I was invited to a Halloween party. This (at right) is what I wore. 

I spent weeks working on my pixie-on-a-toadstool costume and could not wait to unveil it at the soiree. I fashioned the toadstool from cardboard covered in soft felt and held it up around my waist with suspenders. My real legs were hidden in the toadstool trunk; my stuffed pixie legs attached beneath a dainty flower-petal skirt. 

This was going to be the party of the year. My friend Suzanne had invited nearly everyone in our class, boys and girls. I wanted to make an impression.

My mom drove me to the party that day. I wore the pixie half of the costume. Then, before getting out of our van at Suzanne's house, I slipped into the toadstool so I could make my entrance in full regalia.

I stepped onto the lawn and looked around in horror: No one else was wearing a costume. Worse, they were all dolled up in their cutest, flirtiest, most teenager-y outfits. I was mortified.

I recently revisited the sting of that tween embarrassment when my mom sent me this photo. I'd asked her to dig up some pictures of me from the mid-90s because I was writing about my 13-year-old self in my editor's note for this month's Kids VT.

Seeing that little girl in the toadstool costume made me think about one of my biggest parenting fears: Someday I'll have to watch helplessly as my daughter endures the routine humiliations of growing up.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.


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