Self-Deprecating Sunday (18)

In which the YA Author showcases The Great and Awkward of being a teenager.

This Sunday I give geometry class 1990. Proof, if you will, that I should’ve paid more attention to how I dressed. For instance, not wearing my grandfather’s shorts. (Hey, they’re geometrical.) Yes, I really did steal my granddad’s shorts. That is a true story. I also borrowed my dad’s butter-yellow button down shirt and rolled the sleeves of it over a navy blue sweatshirt (I’d bet there’s a Jesus graphic of some kind on it, too: “true love waits” or some such). Of course, this outfit couldn’t be completed without the blue glasses, and the mod all-black Chuck Taylors. I wonder how many times the skaters looked at me and muttered, “Poser.” And perhaps the oddest thing of all is that my hair is verging on normal.

What can we take away from this? My good taste in people. At least I had the sense to hang with Cheyanne who did the era proud: Her perm is exactly right (foreshadowing her growing up to become a fancy L.A. hair designer), her friendship bracelets are stacked like a totem of coolness, and her jeans are pegged to perfection. A solid black tee announcing her apathy for things like math and plaid, in a cool way, of course.

I’ll be having more guest posts in the coming weeks! And remember, if you’re a YA author and would like to do a guest post here on Self-Deprecating Sunday, please contact me jody.mugele(at) It’s more fun than Church.

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!

4 thoughts on “Self-Deprecating Sunday (18)

  1. How come your hair is so normal? I think there are two kinds of fashion victims of the early 90’s: those who could almost pass for today, and those who look like Pauley Shore dressed them. You are the former, you lucky girl. At least, as far as hair goes. As for the rest of the outfit…

    1. Brodi, I know! This is possibly the only photo where my hair DOES look normal. Must have been running late that day. Pauley Shore brings back such good memories. I wanted him to dress my mom! What was that movie where he was on a farm? That ruled!

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