“Chin up!” said the ballet teacher, and Little Ja obeyed.
Surrounded by little ballerinas in black leotards who for some sort of reason didn’t follow the teacher as much as Little Ja did, the little ballerina in pink held her head high until the class ended. Then, Little Ja’s mother asked her to take a picture with her cousin Isabel. Little Ja agreed. She wasn’t camera shy. Not at all.
Whenever I look at these pictures, I feel amused and a little puzzled. I knew I was a shy kid, so why was I confident enough to hold my head high when the rest of my classmates weren’t doing so? Did I not realize that no one else was doing this? Was I just a very obedient student? Did I misremember how confident I was when I was a kid?
Or maybe, I was socially shy, but I was also a performer, and I knew just how to strike a pose.
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