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I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is my choice.

So why, why did I feel so tempted? My family and I were in Target, and there it was, waiting. A skirt, specifically designed not to cover anything. It was tan and looked like something one of those anime schoolgirls would wear.

I checked my purse. The skirt cost $10. I had the money. I could buy it. I imagined walking into school and my pals’ jaws dropping. Guys would ask me out, and I would be happy. I could buy it – no, I should buy it.

I showed my mother. She was surprised but said it was my decision. My sister looked on enviously.

I went into the dressing room to try it on. So sure was I that this skirt would change me, somehow make me not what I am but what I wished to be. I slid my jeans off and put it on. Now for the decisive moment. I looked in the mirror. There I was – a geeky girl in a Superman T-shirt and sneakers. My glasses fogged up as I started to cry.

The skirt did not change me. Though it fit well and might make me look good in the eyes of ­today’s world, it was not me. I am not a girl who flirts or wears cool clothes to fit in.

I took the thing off and slid back into the ­comfort of modesty. My mom knocked on the door. “Emily, are you okay?”

I wiped away my tears. “I’m fine.” I looked in the ­mirror again and saw a blond skinny girl with dorky ­glasses and a ponytail. I saw myself.

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Alana H. said...
May 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm
All i can say is WOW! (that's a good thing!)
KillerButterfly said...
May 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm
I couldn't have written it any better. :) It's like a strong connection between me and this story. Absolutely astounding!
made-in.detroit said...
May 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm
i think this is gud!
singdancelaugh123 said...
May 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm
good for you. i know a lot of people who wouldnt be in touch with themselves nor brave enough to stay true to themselves. That is one thing i am constantly trying my hardest to do. This is a really good story.
StarlightStormcloud said...
May 13, 2010 at 2:17 am
I really love the conflicting emotions in this.  I knew a girl once who complimented my shirt and said she wished she could wear something like it.  I asked her why she didn't and she just said, "I'm not there yet."  I didn't really get that at all, wanting something so trivial like an item of clothing, yet knowing you weren't comfortable with it.  This is very insightful - kudos ;)
liisangel said...
May 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm
Oh my ... well... that's just beautiful. You right there... just wrote me. That gave me everything I needed. I am not kidding... you have just inspired me. That is exactly how I am, how people describe me. I haven't yet chosen to wear a skirt but I am hoping one day I will be able to do something like that... find myself... see myself. Thank you for writing this. :)
ShadowFairy said...
May 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm
I am glad that you chose to write this. Many people can relate to what you wrote, I can certainly relate to this myself. Thank you.  
KonyaB!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Loved it.

Connectable. VERY connectable. :)



GracieLynn said...
May 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm
i guess what i was trying ot say was be true to yourself. Take it from a girl who wears glasses and my hair is ALWAYS in a ponytail; you were made the way you are for reason. NEVER change that, especially from the world:)
GracieLynn said...
May 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm
wow! i can relate to that SOOO much. It's great to see that i'm not the only one who feels like that.
wolfiemoon replied...
May 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm
If you're not yourself, then who are you? Wonderful article.
JessieBecker said...
May 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

i like this(:

i can really connect with it.

Everhart said...
May 4, 2010 at 10:18 am
Wow. Powerful writing. Brilliant.
charzard said...
May 4, 2010 at 7:42 am
wow. i don't know what else to say about this other than wow. its pure power, pure truth. its not me; i wear short skirts, get asked out, and am the opposite of you, and its become me. that used to be me. no, i'm not insecure, i just changed. great article. truest thing i have read in a long while. great piece, emily.
mcpanicfanic said...
Apr. 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm
dont conform gurl. stay true to who you are and dont change unless YOU want to.
kagc411 said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Good job not getting sucked into something that isn't you. It's not what other people think about you, or today's culture; it's what you think and feel about yourself that matters most.     :)
melodeess said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

this is great :)

you should always stay true to who you are, and you really expressed this in your writing. you go girl- having such great confidence! :] your writing is amazing too!

awesomeaugust This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I really liked this article if for no other reason than it is real. It's really real and raw and even though it ended on a rather sad note, I think it had a pretty positive message. I don't follow the trends that a lot of people seem to think are "in", but I wear mini skirts and I own a shirt from Aeropostale. Yes, the mini skirts might be from the salvation army and, yes, the shirt is a hand-me-down but I still wear them because I think they're cute. And I'm a dork, and so ar... (more »)
sailerc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Love this article! Amazing writing.
sk8terboi said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

I love thiss article!! I write about love and I've got one called Linda my first love u should chec it out.

Keep on writing


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