THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID TO ME THAT I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN
Not that I haven't tried, mind you.
- •"You look like bass player from Rush."This was from a boy I had a crush on, when I was 14. "Closer To The Heart," indeed.
- •"Are you Michael Dessen's sister?" *followed by slow, sad clicking of tongue when I said I was*Vice principal of my high school. He was three years older and a great student. I was a mess and a total pothead.
- •"Well, then I guess your best isn't good enough."Art professor in college, when I said I had worked so hard on the project for which he gave me a C. He was right, actually: I am no artist.
- •"Duh."Customer I was waiting on very early in my waitress career, in college, when I had to check menu for difference between ultimate and regular wings. I'd found out a half an hour earlier I made Phi Beta Kappa.
- •"Still want to publish your novel?"Woman in restroom at a publishing institute my parents paid for me to attend when I was waiting tables after college. I'd raised my hand in previous session to ask question to visiting author about criticism.
- •"Well, someone has to do it."Said by visiting National Book Award winning author, when my boss at UNC introduced me as someone who wrote YA fiction. No, I will not say who it was.
- •"You can get a long way on bitterness and revenge."My dad, observing my ability to remember every slight, ever. He's right.