To The Woman in Marshall’s Today

Thank you.

I was trying on every single pair of shoes. Heels, sandals, boots. Whatever caught my fancy. While other women navigated around me, glaring and judging, you did not.

Instead, you strolled by casually, stared down at a pair of pink flats I was trying on, and you said with sincerity: “Everything in here looks fantastic on you–how cute!”

You have no idea what those words meant to me. Growing up, I never had a mother to tell me what looked good and what didn’t. No one dressed me up and instead I wore my older brother’s hand-me-downs. No one showed me how to groom myself. No one told me I was pretty, or that I was cute. No one sat me down to tell me that boys can sometimes be silly and that heartbreak can only ever be temporary.

Those words that you said–perfectly ordinary words that any mother might have said to her daughter… they made me feel like a million bucks.


2 thoughts on “To The Woman in Marshall’s Today

  1. I don’t know if you actually expected people to read your blog (you were linked to /r/TwoXChromosomes), but this seventeen year old is insulted.

    Actually, my sister is twenty-six and reading the book because another older sister recommended it.


    I blame the repressed Catholic upbringing our parents had.

    Anyway, I’m still insulted. Not all teenagers are dumb. 😦

    1. Hi! Thanks for posting!

      I apologize, I didn’t mean to generalize all 17 year olds. I realise that not all 17 year old children are as silly and frivolous as I assume them to be.

      My rage post regarding this book is more about me being misled by the popularity of this trilogy. Because there was so much hype around the trilogy, I thought it would be a well-written, enjoyable book to read.

      I was wrong.

      I’m not sure whether your sisters or you are big readers (though by your tastes in what you enjoy reading, I assume not), but you have to understand that these books were not well written. By the end of Chapter 1, I already found several editorial errors.

      For example, there will be two sentences, one following the other, that say EXACTLY the same thing, only using slightly different words. As well, the narrator often tells us her feelings rather than show us what is happening.

      If I wanted to read the diary of a self-proclaimed nerd who is a virgin and CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF HER FIND HERSELF ATTRACTIVE. Oh wait, I don’t want to read that.

      Again, I apologize if you feel that this rage post was a personal attack against you. It is not. Though you should feel bad if you think Fifty Shades of Grey is a superb work of literature.

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