It was a senior, a girl I half recognized. As a sophomore this address didn’t scare me nearly as much as it would have the year before – still, fifteen is a tender age.
“You really shouldn’t wear shorts that short. You need to turn down that cuff now.”
I scuttled back into the bathroom and did as she bade me, my face burning with humiliation. Tears slipped out and I splashed cold water on my face to collect myself before I could face fifth period again.
Had she been right? My parents had never mentioned anything, which one would think they would have… I didn’t feel immodest. As skinny a little thing as I was, it wasn’t like there was anything whatsoever to show off. Self conscious all day, I watched fearfully for that girl everywhere I went on campus and then scurried home after school to destroy the shorts… and melt into a puddle of embarrassment.
Years later, my girlfriend Katelin called as she was working on a scrapbook of our younger years.