Recently, I went to my hometown to see some old friends. One friend, whom I had not seen since grammar school made the following comment: "You know what I remember about you, Margie? I remember how mean people were to you..."
Needless to say, I was flabbergasted. But then I realized that maybe the Meanies were put in my life to build character. (Steve Redmond, I am talking to you!) Perhaps my grammar school experiences made me wiser and stronger than anyone expected. When I returned home, I wrote the following to remind myself of my worth to those who know me...
I am a survivor.
I am funny, not funny looking.
I love with my whole heart.
I am not invisible. I am not your target. I do not need, nor do I seek, your approval. I am amazing. I am beautiful. I am intelligent. I am Margie and I am real.
I hope everyone who reads this will remember that everything we experience affects the person we become. Even the awful builds character.
I was so lucky to go to my hometown, Kansas City, Missouri, for my 30th high school reunion. This fit in perfectly with the 30 Days of Joy project. So some of these pictures will appear in other places, but I love them all. They make me smile. Isn't that the point?
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