It’s a secret I’ve carried for six years, and it’s still impossible for me to nail down the exact right moment to tell someone.
“I don’t want you to freak you out, (guy I’m on a fourth date with), because it’s really not a thing any more, but sometimes in college I threw up after I ate. But it’s totally fine now and it doesn’t affect my day-to-day or anything. Please don’t worry every time I get up to go to the bathroom.”
“Hey (high school friends), just a heads up that I get super uncomfortable when you joke about that horrible Lifetime movie we had to watch in health class about the girl who ate a bunch of cheeseburgers alone in her car and puked in jars. Not like I ever did anything that crazy, but like, I get why she did, you know?”
“Well, (boyfriend of over a year), the real reason I don’t want to have sex with you tonight is because I’m too full from dinner and don’t want you to see how big my stomach looks right now. Sorry, you can try me again in the morning.”
I can count the people who know on two hands: my mom, my dad (though I wasn’t the one to tell him), three different roommates, my two best friends (one from college, one from home), and two ex-boyfriends. Oh, and the professor who graded an essay I wrote about it. That poor man, I can only imagine how many teenage sob stories he has to read a semester.
Fwd: What You Need To Know To Weather This Year’s Flu Season
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Get thee to a CVS
Flu Shot yes??
- subject lines of emails from my mom
Take a look at some excerpts from “Pen & Ink,” a new book that collects the stories behind the tattoos of writers, artists, and others, alongside illustrations of their adorned body parts.
Image from “Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them,” by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton, out October 7th, from Bloomsbury USA.
I cried at least 3 times last night.