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The Skirt MAG

March 8, 2008
By EmilytheAuthor DIAMOND, St. Francisville, Louisiana
EmilytheAuthor DIAMOND, St. Francisville, Louisiana
55 articles 20 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. -dr. seuss

I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is my choice.

So why, why did I feel so tempted? My family and I were in Target, and there it was, waiting. A skirt, specifically designed not to cover anything. It was tan and looked like something one of those anime schoolgirls would wear.

I checked my purse. The skirt cost $10. I had the money. I could buy it. I imagined walking into school and my pals’ jaws dropping. Guys would ask me out, and I would be happy. I could buy it – no, I should buy it.

I showed my mother. She was surprised but said it was my decision. My sister looked on enviously.

I went into the dressing room to try it on. So sure was I that this skirt would change me, somehow make me not what I am but what I wished to be. I slid my jeans off and put it on. Now for the decisive moment. I looked in the mirror. There I was – a geeky girl in a Superman T-shirt and sneakers. My glasses fogged up as I started to cry.

The skirt did not change me. Though it fit well and might make me look good in the eyes of ­today’s world, it was not me. I am not a girl who flirts or wears cool clothes to fit in.

I took the thing off and slid back into the ­comfort of modesty. My mom knocked on the door. “Emily, are you okay?”

I wiped away my tears. “I’m fine.” I looked in the ­mirror again and saw a blond skinny girl with dorky ­glasses and a ponytail. I saw myself.

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. said...
on Dec. 16 2010 at 8:02 pm
loved it amazing

on Dec. 10 2010 at 7:32 pm
kelliejo19 GOLD, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
19 articles 7 photos 48 comments
this is sooooo good! i can realte!!! :)

on Dec. 10 2010 at 5:44 pm
dolphin13 BRONZE, North St. Paul, Minnesota
1 article 0 photos 125 comments
Wow, this is so amazing! I can relate completely. Sometimes you want to be someone you are not so that you can be noticed, but it just doesn't work. Great Job!

reenay_95 GOLD said...
on Dec. 10 2010 at 3:03 pm
reenay_95 GOLD, West Lafayette, Indiana
16 articles 0 photos 86 comments

Favorite Quote:
You can't see the stars if you are always looking down.

i like how you really found yourself in this situation. you've got to be yourself (:

Jfw514 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 10 2010 at 1:40 pm
Jfw514 BRONZE, Addis, Louisiana
2 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can close your eyes from things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart from things you don't want to feel."

I can relate to this so well. My friends call me the same names. I like myself as you do. Do not care what other people think! Keep your head held high. You are beautiful the way you are.

on Dec. 10 2010 at 9:29 am
BistyBoo2 BRONZE, Sunman, Indiana
4 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” - Gail Devers

That was absolutely beautiful. I am also a very modest dresserand I understand the temptation to break the barrier of modesty. You have inner beauty and I'm sure all those un-modestly dressing girls are jealous! <3

Lucky707 said...
on Dec. 9 2010 at 3:42 pm
Lucky707, Ukiah, California
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments
Um i think a man liking you for your looks is not a good thing because the person dosent love you he just loves the temptation of your body. The whole point is that you want someone to love you for who you are not for something you only see in movies. But if you have patients then soon  you will find what you are looking for. Goodluck:)

SweetCakes said...
on Dec. 8 2010 at 12:55 pm
i looove itttttt <3 :)

on Dec. 7 2010 at 4:36 pm
kriley8404 BRONZE, Simpsonville, South Carolina
4 articles 8 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"jesus is love, love is real"

I spent most of my life feeling the same way as you, but more like my every choice was split bettween right and wrong and sometimes i wanted both. you may not know it now, but sooner or later you'll find that nothing matters more than you liking what you say you like. as long as it is for you and you alone. there is something very powerful about doing things for yourself. if you like the skirt, wear the skirt with confidence and when you look in the mirror, see your face because it's beautiful and a skirt is nothing more than the person wearing it. on a reckless girl, sure that skirt looks trashy. on you, it's what you make it.

the hardest, truest thing you can find in life is honesty. you are what you like, don't change that to make yourself more presentable.

on Nov. 30 2010 at 7:29 pm
OriginalCarbonation GOLD, Naperville, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
dream as if you'll live forever
live as if you'll die tomorrow

exactly my comments. thank you for capturing that concept. i wish more girls knew it wasnt "her" to wear some of the cool things. very good

Laiya94 SILVER said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 5:43 pm
Laiya94 SILVER, Ny, New York
9 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"a bird cannot fly high unless using his own wings." : (an old Jewish proverb)

this was such an amzing article!! i totally understand because i have also been tempted in the same way. its wonderful that you want people to look at you as a person and a soul, and not as a body.

great job!

Summer BRONZE said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 12:37 pm
Summer BRONZE, Riyadh, Other
2 articles 2 photos 4 comments
very sincere 

babydizzle said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 7:43 am
GIRL! I was all like, thats crazy! That skirt is da bomb! U was all like, " I not dat tipe," and im all like, "shut yo mouth!"

on Nov. 18 2010 at 7:55 pm
TheEdgar PLATINUM, Fayetteville, North Carolina
22 articles 1 photo 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you are in need of forgetting something, make a note to remember it."

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

on Nov. 14 2010 at 3:54 pm
smalltownshorty BRONZE, Amana, Iowa
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is something I don't know
That I am supposed to know.
I don't know what it is I don't know,
And yet am supposed to know,
And I feel I look stupid
If I seem both not to know
And not to know what it is I don't know.

Therefore, I pretend I know it.
This is nerve-wracking
Since I don't know what I must pretend
To know.

Therefore, I pretend to know everything.

I feel you know what I am supposed to know
But you can't tell me what it is
Because you don't know what I don't know
What it is.

You may know what I don't know, but not
That I don't know it.
And I can't tell you. So you will have
To tell me everything.

- R. D. Lang in Knots

I really liked it, but I thought it kind of just stopped without much of an ending. But I still REALLY, REALLY liked it.

xaint.eons said...
on Nov. 7 2010 at 12:09 pm
xaint.eons, Sunnyvale, California
0 articles 0 photos 5 comments

I remember when I first read this in the print magazine a few years ago--to be honest, it didn't make much of an impression on me. Rereading it now means a lot more to me because I now realize that I've been in the exact same situation. I dress myself up on days when I want to hide behind an image, and more often than not, I am struck by a desire to buy something to make myself seem more confident to the world.

BTW, nerdy girls are HOT :)

on Nov. 5 2010 at 8:01 am

That was soooooooo amazing!I love how you told your story truthfully and without shame. Congradulations for staying true to your self.

Stay You.

Lollypops said...
on Nov. 1 2010 at 11:50 am
loll your nice ^_^

Reese-Cup said...
on Nov. 1 2010 at 11:35 am
i love was amazing

Berta BRONZE said...
on Oct. 27 2010 at 4:07 pm
Berta BRONZE, Somewhere, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."
Helen Thompson

Nice job!!  I can really feel what you felt because of your word choice and description.  Awesome!