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The price of beauty is tough
Or at least, it is according to Momma
She'd said this while she brushed my hair,
Using it as an excuse to yank and pull
She'd said this when I tripped on my dress
That is, after beating me for ruining it
She'd said this when I couldn't eat no more
Because my skinny jeans didn't fit
She'd said this all my life,
Until I left and had my own house
My own family
Now I have my own little girl,
Who trips on her dresses and has frizzy hair.
My little girl smiles up at me
With her gorgeous brown eyes
And you know what I tell her?
Nothing.
I just hug her and smile,
Fixing her dress and trying to be gentle
The price of beauty is tough,
But my little girl isn't paying.
At least, not unless she wants to
Sorry, Momma.

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LexusMarieThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm:
I love this so much. I'm so glad that I came across this.. spectacular.
 
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crux1 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 7:33 am:
Should have been in the mag. Love this.
 
juliam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 6:08 am :
Thank you! And it was :)
 
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wseeingstars99 said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm:
Soooo AWESOME!.:)
 
juliam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 8, 2011 at 6:07 am :
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!!!
 
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Trixie.B.Rose said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm:

Good Job! :D Very Sweet!

 

 
juliam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm :
Aw thank you!
 
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trblue said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm:
the circle of life i love it
 
juliam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm :
Aww I'm glad :)
 
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kait94 said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 11:12 am:
I really like this!!  Its great!
 
juliam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm :
Thank you!!! :)
 
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dejavoo13579 said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 6:29 am:
I love this. I really sense the emotion and pain. This is a beautiful piece
 
juliam This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm :
Thanks so much!
 
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