I know it's still only day 5, but I just had one of those really distressing experiences with a few jerks down at our local store.
Now, I'm not one of those people that takes the time to wear makeup down at the store, despite the condition of my skin. It just seems unnecessary.
I went down there, donned my favourite sweatpants and sweatshirt (that are both old enough to have seen the jurassic age) and headed down. All I needed was a few fruits and vegetables for dinner.
I've grown out of being self-conscious in my own community, with my skin. I personally know the people that work there, so it doesn't particularly bother me that they're able to see my red, blotchy skin and overall uneven skin-tone.
Anyway, back on track, I get there and start picking out fruits and vegetables, not really aware of anyone else around me. I noticed in my peripheral vision two guys standing together, staring at me. I looked up and immediately averted my eyes, embarrassed. They were attractive and appeared to be smirking.
One of them leaned over to the other and said "Dude, would you go that or no?" and the other one shook his head and laughed out loud, as if it were some massive joke.
"No way man...look at that face. Mangled as! She's probably diseased."
I'd grown used to hearing this crap, but somehow it never ceased to amaze me, how rude some people can be. No matter how many times I hear it, it still hurts.
It struck me as something a 5th grader would say. Not a 20 year old man.
It took me way back to grade 5. It was my very first day at a new school, in a new suburb. I was shy, mostly due to my skin.
I was playing by the monkey bars when a few of the "popular" boys came up and called out for me to get down. I did.
I extended my hand, and told them my name was Eliza.
The ring-leader, let's call him Henry, looked me up and down; then let out a barking laugh followed up by: "Look what we have here boys, pizza face. Pizza face! Pizza face!"
I was humiliated. I went home early and cried for hours.
I'm not sure if anyone will ever read this, but I wonder. Has anyone else come across people like this? Had similar experiences?
It's a shame, that in today's day and age there are still people out there who don't even have the common courtesy to keep their cruel comments to themselves.