Perfection at its Best

Today’s word prompt at The Daily Post is copycat.

During my teenage years, and even for a while after, I idolized my best friend. Let’s call her Sandi. She was tall, thin, and gorgeous. Girls at school called her Barbie; she was that ‘perfect.’

I wanted to be just like her. I emulated her walk, her half-lisp, her style, posture and mannerisms. I ate the same foods, drank the same drinks, bought the same record albums in hopes some of Sandi’s perfection would rub off.

It didn’t work, obviously. I was destined to be nothing more than good ol’ Midge, to Sandi’s Barbie.

As time passed I realized that in trying to be Sandi, Susan had gotten lost. I didn’t know who I was or what I liked, for sure. Eventually, I figured it out.

Now, I’m glad none of the Sandi-ness rubbed off.

Things turned out okay for Midge.

Better than okay.



Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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