Dear Me

DAY 16 of the Flashnano Challenge. Flashnano is a challenge that involves writing 30 stories in 30 days throughout the month of November. A new writing prompt every day. As a reminder, at this stage I don’t edit these it’s simply raw, off the top of my head writing. Later, I’ll go through any that have potential and edit them. Thanks for reading.

FLASHNANO 2018 – 30 Stories in 30 Days

PROMPT 16: Write a story where one of the characters is 16

Holiday prep is leaving me behind once again in this writing challenge, so bear with my quick game of catch-up with these next few stories. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Woman writing in notepad

Dear 16 year old Jody,

Nothing is as bad as it feels. You’re so much more than you feel you are. Just because you weren’t as skinny as some girls didn’t mean you were worthless. You were strong and healthy. We still are. When your coach told you no boys would love you if you didn’t lose 10 pounds he was wrong and mean. He ingrained in you the lifelong thought that you would be more lovable if you were thinner. I’m sorry for both of us that we carry that notion around to this day. For the record, a wonderful man has loved you for decades and he thinks you’re pretty great. He’s not wrong. 

You weren’t dumb, you were just more interested in English and History over Math and Science. We’ve survived fine without Algebra and dissecting poor frogs. I still think of the day in Science class when you walked out of class instead of cutting up that frog and I smile. Good job you… me. I still protest injustice. 

You feel awkward and uncomfortable around large groups. This won’t go away, to be honest, it’s gotten worse, but it’s ok. You’d rather sit in the sun with your dogs and read a book then go places with friends. Me too now. Classical music still makes me cry, but I no longer hide that. I still don’t like 80’s music. Cool people were never as cool as you thought. Give me an authentic weirdo with a funny laugh any day now. No family is normal. NO. FAMILY. IS. NORMAL. Yours was and is a beautiful, dysfunctional tribe that will always be there for each other. And lastly, you were ok then and you’re ok now. Be nice to yourself and I’ll try too.

Love, Jody


About Jody

Jody is a graphic designer, doodler, reader, lover of dogs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She runs a popular print on demand site The Whimsy Doodle Shop and can usually be found doodling new design ideas on scraps of paper. Jody lives in LA with her husband and two rambunctious dachshunds.
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2 Responses to Dear Me

  1. Shima said that!? wow!!! You were gorgeous since you were created in the womb! The blonde hair doesn’t give your brain justice, and that’s only because of the stereotype everyone makes of blondes!! Beautiful inside and out!!
    And don’t worry about the math and science parts…. I too, had issues with math, it’s called Dyscalculia… College is where it killed me, and if I had had more support on it, maybe, just maybe I’d be a genius like Mayim Bialik or Danica McKellar, but it’s okay!
    YOU are a very gifted writer!! It takes talent and fearlessness at times to post what you post on your blogs! It’s beautiful, like my beautiful friend….. JODY!


    • Jody says:

      He did, but he also helped me in innumerable ways so it’s forgiven. I’m just not sure he knew how young girls’ minds worked. Thank you for your kind words. You have a wonderful heart. Wishing you happy holidays. ❤️🎅🏼🎄


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