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.
Had a friend in high school who was 6'5" and weighed 150. If he stood sideways and stuck out his tongue he looked like a zipper.
Shoshanah Marohn said...
Don't body shame your former self. (That's what the millenials call it.) You just grew higher faster than you grew outer.
Professor Batty said...
I had a lot of nervous energy back then.
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