Monday, October 12, 2009

Diary Entry on Skin Color: May 17, 1977

Would somebody please interpret this journal rumination from the fourteen-year-old version of me, remembering that I was in an almost all-white high school?


It's clear that I was procrastinating my algebra by writing in my diary about an unrequited crush, but what exactly did I mean by "I wish I could hide behind my skin color more often, instead of cowering nakedly in front of it"?

2 comments:

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Maybe you hid behind it thinking that the crush didn't like you because of your skin, not just because of you?

It's funny, because I am ruminating about a jr. high crush on my blog today too!

Holloway McCandless said...

Loved reading the phrase "truck on over"--so 70s. Theory on "hiding behind skin color" is that maybe you felt more comfortable being exempted from cutthroat social life by virtue of your exceptional "warm, rich & tanned" skin color? (Loved that simple sentence "I'm satisfied.") But perhaps the "cowering" line showed you also felt that sometimes it was not enough of a shield to hide your feelings...middle school is excruciating.