At our recent reunion, an old classmate handed me this picture, taken of me when I was in junior high. The low resolution of the image hides my zits but not the way my ears used to stuck out. I was wearing my cherished “Madras shirt” and a “Baldie belt” along with a pair of black slacks (jeans were not allowed in school!)
What I wasn’t wearing was muscle mass.
I was a whisker or two over 6 feet tall and weighed maybe 120 pounds, and that after a big meal. If I were a teen today and this thin I think I would be in counseling, if not in therapy, for my physique. Back then as long as you didn’t rock the boat you were pretty much ignored. I eventually did “fill out” but not for several years, which was handy for my draft physical.
I don't think I’d want to revisit those days, although I would be happy to split the difference between my weight then and my weight now.