Ugliest Baby She Ever Saw
An Ugly Duckling Story
I suppose almost everybody has heard the story of the ugly duckling that grew into a beautiful swan. For me, the story holds special significance. My mother told it to me about the time I entered grade school.
It holds special significance because I was an “ugly duckling”. When I was two weeks old a friend of my mother’s was visiting. Mom was showing me off when the woman rudely exclaimed, “Well, that has got to be the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!” Why my mother chose to tell me this I’ll never understand.
However, at age six I entered first grade. Off to school I went, looking forward to making a few friends, playing games and being educated. But that’s not how things happened. I learned children really can be cruel.
I was mocked and shunned by my classmates. They made fun of how ugly I was.
It was a humiliating experience and I was devastated. I fled the school yard in tears and walked the two miles back home.
When I got home I rushed past my mother still crying, seeking safe refuge in my bedroom. I crawled beneath my bed as far as I could go and decided not to ever come out.
My mother, seeing something was drastically wrong, hurriedly followed me. She got down on her hands and knees and peered under the bed. She found me huddled in a corner still sobbing.
She coaxed and wheedled, begging me to come out, but I refused. Eventually she dragged the sad story out of me and that’s when she introduced me to the “ugly duckling” story.
The story captivated me. Mom explained people were just like the ugly duck. They may be born ugly but would get better looking as they grew into adulthood. I believed her and came out from under the bed.
To this day, I remember what she said. And you know what? Momma lied!!
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