I was a skinny kid

by Julie Frayn on August 5, 2013 in  Guest Posts

We interrupt this series on our adventures in New York to bring you something a little different. I have the honour of being a guest on the blog of Rachel Thompson, indie author extraordinaire. Start here, check out the pics, and then head over to Rachel’s blog to read the rest. I don’t usually let it all hang out for the world to read. So don’t get used to it… Or maybe do. It was cathartic. I may just dig a little deeper next time.

Me. Skinny kid.

Me. Skinny kid.


I was a skinny kid. Renowned for it, really. Teased unmercifully. And no amount of eating changed it.

My mother dubbed me ‘bird’ because of the way I ate. No, I didn’t pick at my food. Did you know that most birds eat half their weight in food daily? At the ripe old age of eleven I could put away five chicken legs (breaded, skin on, dripping in yummy melted butter), two big scoops of scalloped potatoes (Mom’s ‘famous’ recipe, drowned in white sauce made with, yup, butter and milk and flour and often even cheese), broccoli and cauliflower drenched in, you guessed it, cheese sauce. Then I’d go back for seconds. Then have dessert. It was my favourite meal.

I never gained an ounce. I was a scrawny, asthmatic, sports-challenged, flat-chested nerd girl who always got the best grades and was the math teacher’s pet. In the mid-‘70s, that was about six more reasons than some schoolmates needed to torment me.

Summer of '82. One year before my lowest weight

Summer of '82. One year before my lowest weight

Fast forward to my last year of high-school. Still skinny (though a few curves had started to bloom) and still flat, but I didn’t have the same appetite. And I had grown to appreciate my thin frame, to realize I was lucky to have a bird’s metabolism. Or so my friends told me.

When I turned eighteen, I met a boy. I had dated before, kissed a few young dudes (and one older one). But I remained a virgin. Another ‘bird’ trait I possess – I’m a chicken shit.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jester Queen August 7, 2013 at 5:55 am

I could eat like that right until the hormones kicked in. Then, suddenly, I gained a ton of weight. So annoying.


Julie August 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

more than annoying for me unfortunately. Life threatening. But not now!

Carolyn Frayn August 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

I commented over on Rachel’s blog but wanted to say here just how proud I am to call you systir – how fortunate I am to call you best friend. Very glad you punched back the beast and found contentment… my heart is full; you, our children, family… <3


Julie August 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

wow, thank you, darling systir. Not sure how we lucked out with most of our family. But we did. Love you.

Jo August 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Once again my friend, I am star-stuck by your words and your wisdom. So very grateful for the story, thank you for sharing.


Julie Frayn August 14, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks darling Jo. I appreciate your kindness, always.

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