AGE 10 (After Cabol) – I Hate Neon!
The front door opened and I heard Donovan say hello to my father. Whaaaa? What was he doing in my house? Oh! My! Gosh! I wanted to die‼! My night retainers were on – you know the kind with the metal wrap around the head??? I was in my Cinderella “nightgown” and my hair was a mess in pigtails. And I had my neon green underwear that showed through my WHITE nightgown! Why, oh why, does Mom always have to buy me such bright and colorful underwear? And why, oh why, do I always forget that I’m not supposed to wear bright underwear with something white? I’m going to burn all my underwear next time Mom buys any more of them for me!
“How was your Christmas, little girl?”
“Why are you here?” I asked in a snippier way than I wanted to ask. Mom was always scolding me these days about sounding “snippy.”
“Jake needs to talk to your dad and I’m tagging along.”
“Are you going to be a doctor like my dad?”
“No way! I don’t have any interest in being a doctor. I suck at science. What about you, little girl? You going to be a doctor like your dad?”
“Maybe. I’m good in science and I’m smart, too. I heard my mommy and daddy say I was way smarter than my brother. I don’t think they wanted me to hear that, but I heard it.”
“I’m sure you are, cutie-pie. You’re definitely cuter than your brother.” He patted my cheek with his hand. I was NOT going to wash my face tonight. I’d even lie to Mom when she asked me later if I’d brushed my teeth and washed my face. “You must have lots of boys chasing after you, or maybe you have a boyfriend?”
“What??? NO‼! I don’t have a boyfriend…” I shot up from my belly-on-the-floor position and kinda ran around in circles. “I DO NOT HAVE A BOYFRIEND!” I yelled.
Donovan laughed and laughed at me.
“What in heaven’s name are you doing?” Daddy asked as he walked in the family room with Jake and Doug.
“Nothing, Daddy.” I stopped running; embarrassed I’d acted like a dummy, again.
“Well, whatever you were doing, you might want to know we can all see your neon green underwear!” my brother announced REALLY loudly.
“AAAAAHHHHH‼‼!” I screamed and ran up to my room as I heard all the guys laughing at me.