This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Sarah Embraces Her Height

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“How tall are you? How old are you? Do you play basketball?”

These are just a few of the subtly presumptuous questions that people—adults and kids alike—ask Sarah, 13, when they meet her. That’s because she’s taller than her peers, a difference that has had its pros (she’s great at volleyball!) and cons (she often looks too old to land children’s theater roles) over the years. Still, she takes it all in stride:

[quote] [dropcap]“[/dropcap]I’ve been really tall my whole life. I never cared about it though; I was me and I was fine with that. Around fifth grade, I realized I was much taller than all the other kids. All my friends shopped at Justice and all the places kids go to shop. I, on the other hand, had to shop in teen stores so the clothes would be long enough. I had to shop where my sister shopped! When I get older I want to open a kids’ clothing store for kids who are unique. The motto will be, “Being original is better than being a copy.” So no one has to go around feeling like they’re not “normal.”[/quote]

Head over to the Teen Flaunt page to read Sarah’s full essay, and check out some of our previous Teen Flaunts as well:

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