My hair was feathered and sprayed with Aqua Net until there was no chance of movement. I had braces on my teeth, and glasses. My jeans were pinstriped with extreme pleats, baggy at the top and skinny at the ankles, but that was not enough I also folded the ankles in and rolled them up to peg them down and create a cuff. My shirt was a pink polo shirt with a fake alligator patch, my collar of course was up. I had on two pairs of socks pink over white and scrunched down. I was wearing a pair of brown rental roller skates, the ones with the big orange stopper on the front. The song playing was Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of The Heart, it was couples skate, ladies choice, the guy I had been making eyes at all evening seemed to looking back so I slowly started to skate toward him with the best come hither eyes a 13 year old can manage. Then it happened, my skate hit the edge of the carpet, I was falling, falling, forward. I landed hard on all fours, my hands rug burned, my pride bruised. I looked up to see the object of my affection and his friends laughing and pointing. at me of course. I got to my feet, and skated away as fast as I could. I spent the next hour in the bathroom in tears, then I turned in my skates and waited outside for my mom, the night ruined. MY LIFE RUINED!
I'm still clumsy like that. Today I tripped. on nothing. no one saw me. but it made me remember this horrible night 25 years ago. At least today I wasn't wearing ridiculous clothes and I didn't spend any time crying in the bathroom.