A long time ago, there was a little girl. She was very tomboyish, loved the outdoors and she was just that, a little girl. Then one day, too early, things changed. She wasn’t just an 8 or 9 year old kid any more but an 8 or 9 year old in an adult body with adult body functions. She was still a little girl.
People began to treat her different. Classmates began to grab her and say lewd things that she had no clue about. Meanwhile, at home, her parent’s lives were crumbling and she was a little girl stuck in the middle of this. She kept her mouth shut, retreated to her room, stopped being the outgoing, tomboyish little girl.
She discovered that while her mother could not help, sneaking cookies made her feel better. She also discovered that as she gained weight, people paid less attention to her. She thought that was best. She was not a little girl any more. She believe she was almost invisible. People slammed doors in her face. Men ignored her. She kept everything bottled up. She was one of those people who was an awful lot like Eeyore.
One day, the girl was tired of carrying around that extra weight. She worked hard to lose a 100 lbs. She did not like being the center of attention. When people congratulated, she just would talk down about herself and move on. She just wanted to blend into the woodwork. She was not a different person that she had been with the weight.
All of a sudden, men started to pay attention to her. She liked it yet she knew why they liked her. The same reason the school boys felt the need to harass her. She hated the way they looked at her. Part of her just wanted to run away like she did before.
Then that weight started to come back again. Men stopped noticing. She could get back into the safe zone of protection.
Yet, there was that girl on her shoulder saying, “That is not protection. You are not invisible. You deserve to be seen. That invisibility is your enemy and not helping you.” The seed was planted in the girl’s head and grew from there.
She is now on the course of setting things right again.