Self-Deprecating Sunday (11)

In which the YA author showcases what’s strange and lovely about the teenage years.

Today I give you my seventh grade school photo. Um, it’s not a mullet, right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight? I’ve got at least an inch I could trim back on each side before it qualifies, I think. Also, there’s that perm. The first one of you (KCShoup) to say something about a permullet (I can’t compete with this little sweetie) may find dish-soap in her coffee. Just saying. I think what saves me in this photo is the patriotic motif I have going on here. It’s almost like a foreshadowing of my aspiration to write a Young Adult novel about the Navy, no?

Also, I really had a thing about the collar shirt under the sweater. Maybe everyone did back then. Remember my eighth grade photo? Oh go on and have another look. You’ll feel better about yourself. This is what Jr. High cheerleaders are made of in the 80’s. And furthermore, that eighth grade shot…seriously, I make the bumpit feel bad about itself. Who has happie hair?  Jody Sparks has happie hair.  But wait, there’s more!  To this day, I bump the bumpit off it’s pedestal!  Check my head-shot. That scarf look requires no fancy hair heightners. It’s just me, a hair tie, and the scarf. But, we’ll see how I feel about my style now, in another 15 years or so.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

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