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Today's word: GRACEFUL
"Are you a dancer?"
I laugh at the idea.
"I'm so clumsy I turn 6 inches to early and walk into walls!"
"Hmmm. Well, you look graceful on stage, the way you walk."
I am anything but "graceful"!
I am "chicken legs" according to Jeffrey Flahrety back in 8th grade.
I am "klutzy" according to my brother.
I am "hopelessly awkward" according to those who encounter me.
But he said I'm graceful. On stage. He didn't say "chicken legs" or "klutzy" or "hopelessly awkward."
He said "graceful."
And I close my eyes and remember how graceful I was long before "chicken legs" or "klutzy" or "hopelessly awkward"...all the recesses spent trotting and cantering and full-out galloping across the playground.
Yes, somewhere inside, there is still a me that is graceful.
I reach for her.
And I am.