Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Survival Story.

This week on the Equals Record: remembering who I was before I learned there was such a thing as "cool."


An excerpt from the new post"In kindergarten, I announced to my friends and family that I was 'a woman of destiny' who spoke two languages: English and 'cat.' (My teachers, at one point, had to separate me from my best friend for excluding others when speaking cat.) As my grade school education continued, my pastimes evolved - I taught myself to bake bread, filling our freezer with numberless misshapen loaves of rye. On weekends, I read the newspaper while eating radishes and raw onions. I wore mismatched socks. I wrote, illustrated, and performed a short story in which the starring character was a pair of underwear owned by an aging rock star named Steve...In short, I was a quirky child."

See the post in its entirety on the Equals Record, here. You can find past entries from my weekly column, Looking Forward (about the ups and downs of "growing up" in my twenties), here. Thank you so much for reading! 


Bottom image via This Isn't Happiness. If you know the original source, please share!

11 comments:

Kerri Lynne said...

Adorable post... love that picture of you!!!

Cassie @ WittyTitleHere.com said...

That is SUCH a sweet photo-- love those little boots! :)

And that also happens to be one of my favorite quotes. Such a good reminder to stay curious, creative, and a little child-like.

Nicole said...

I love this! A woman of destiny, indeed! It sounds like you were the best kind of kid :)

max said...

these just keep getting better and better.

Melody Rowell said...

I just discovered your blog today and love what I've seen so far! The full version of this column is fantastic. Last week, Jezebel posted an article asking, "What would you tell your 15-year-old self?" I'm curious-- in light of your column today-- how would you respond?

Shoko said...

Thank you so much, everyone!

Melody, I'm so glad you found me! Thank you for reading. That's such a great question - I think I'd tell myself two things:

1) You're doing fine. I spent so much time worrying about school, friends, boys. And I was so often disappointed in myself when I should have just given myself a break. Being a teenager isn't easy!

2) Take more risks. I was so shy, and so afraid of embarrassing myself. I would love to know how my life back then might have differed if I'd loosened up a bit :)

loulou said...

I love your article and the humorous vibrant child you were! I am so curious to know how one speaks cat.

Shoko said...

Loulou, haha! I wish I could remember!

aliceinbo said...

I love your raining boots. Have remembered me beautiful days!
Now i got ones very similar.

aliceinbo2.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

This is one of my favorite Equals Record from you! Please stay unique. There are way too many people trying to be "normal" :)

Shoko said...

Melissa, thank you! What a great compliment.

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