“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

True Secret #17884
Friday, January 16, 2009

I used to be fat. Not for long, maybe three or so years when I was a kid ... but it was during THOSE years: right before adolescence, when the self-esteem and psyche are oh-so-delicate. Right when I was getting interested in girls. All I can say is this: Bad timing.

Fatty Addy.

I wore husky-size pants, available in Burlington, Colorado ONLY at the Tots-To-Teens store. (Mom, do I have the name right?). I would squeeze into them on a Friday night and splash on some Jovan Musk cologne and walk down to the movie theatre, hoping that some sweet girl would sit by me and let me hold her hand. I usually ended up sitting alone. Probably because I was also the class tattletale. (Fat kids make great tattletales.) Oh, and I was bad at sports ... which meant I was OBSESSED with yelling out the score of whatever game we happened to be playing in P.E. ... because I wanted to contribute in SOME way.

I have this hunch that those who are fat as kids are health/gym freaks as adults ... like me. There's just no way you want to re-visit those feelings.

Relive my childhood? Not for all the coffee in Kenya!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show us a photo - nobody believes your fatty story.

January 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been a chubby kid myself, I understand. I've gone through yo-yo stages throughout adulthood, and now in my current incarnation, I have become obsessed about fitness.

January 16, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I don't have a scanner...or I would show you an old photo...let me work on this. Until then...TRUST ME: I was overweight...not obese, just two points beyond pudgy.

January 17, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I became blue as a fatty starting at 8 years old. I suffered along till I became involved in my freshman class's "Leader Corps," a program that invited brainy kids into the world of sports, seen now as brilliant!

Not only did I learn the rules of all the sports around me, I could still feel rather "superior," as a referee, not a player.

But more happened from this experience. I became an award-winning hurdler (track), archer and (yes) square-dancer, things I never would have experienced if I'd been sitting on the couch at home every night doing homework after school.

The program was brilliant, and I hope there are more programs like it globally that include "sports morons" like me.

Call to action, y'all?

January 18, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

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