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Aviva Lerman Dr. Mantuano English 3A Block B Personal Essay 27 September 2017 When I was younger I used to stand in front of the bathroom mirror and try to push my teeth back with my thumb. It always felt like it worked, but in retrospect, I can see that that clearly wasn't the case. My big, crooked front teeth stuck out like a sore thumb at an approximately 60° angle. The gap between them was huge. My bottom teeth, crowded and small, were a sad contrast to their more obvious counterparts. Funny thing: even though I had an obsession with my all-but-perfect teeth, it never occurred to me that anybody else noticed them until I got to the fifth grade. Fifth grade was the year kids grew meaner, judgier, and cliquier. Comments started pouring in like a sudden rainstorm, with claps of thundering laughter and flashes of people lighting up as they readied to say more hurtful remarks. Being the much shier person I was, I took it and said nothing in an effort to keep my not so friendly "friends”.
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