It feels just like yesterday when I was walking down the halls of Garfield Elementary School. I braced myself for another day of pain and discomfort, from the feeling of being in a classroom with 25 students laughing or hiding giggles in my direction.
Looking back, it's unbelievable that all the misery I went through in elementary school came from my Granny's choice of hairstyle for me. I wore two ponytails and a long braid going down the back of my head, and, yeah, that was a good enough reason for elementary school students to hate me.
Their stares made me rush to my seat, and hide behind a book. I hoped that if I made myself invisible, the giggles would soon drift away. Many times I felt like getting up and running to the nearest bathroom, to cry on the floor in the corner. But I held my ground.
I remember being asked to go in front of the class and work out a problem on the board. I was trembling, and my heart was beating fast. As I walked to the board, it felt like I couldn't breathe.
Then the boy who tormented me the most threw a pencil at the back of my head. The class went crazy. Screaming, laughing and calling me a name that still haunts me today: "Dookie braids Ashley."