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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.

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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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Megan James

Megan James

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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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