Author Tiffany King asked a question on her blog and it made me think of Judy Blume so I thought I'd pay my respects to this most awesome author and lovely lady! Here's a picture of Ms. Judy Blume, isn't she lovely? You can feel her wisdom and empathy just looking at her.
Thanks, Tiffany, for reminding me of how important what I read as a young girl and still re-read over the years still is! It's amazing the impact that a book I read at 10 years old can still have on me!
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
by Judy Blume
Original Publish Date: 1970
When I was 10 years old I read this book---over and over and over again! The chant of "I must, I must, I must increase my bust" along with the recommended exercise cracks me up now but at 10 years old I was certain it would help my stick thin figure and barely there breasts.
Still doing it and I still have no breasts? What's up with that!?
Speaking of---I think that V. Secret & the like lies about their *Wonder* & *Miracle* bras cuz it sure didn't do any *Wonder* for me and I'm still waiting for the *Miracle* and I still wear a 34 barely B!
It took me a while but I finally figured out that you have to have large bazoomba's in order for you to get 'the line' and there is no bra on this earth that will ever give me 'the line'! Anyways...I digress...
Young Margaret's 12 years old and she's struggling with the 'difficulty' and the 'excitement' of entering womanhood along with the problems that plague her at such a young age. She's in a new school and is struggling with her religion. She talks to God when she can't talk to anyone else--I still do that, I think that's something that a lot of us still do---it's called praying.
This book had a profound effect on me and I think the first time I read it was at exactly the right time, when I felt the pressure of my pre-pubescent body and all the pressures that go with feeling like you're being somehow left behind everyone else.
Eventually I was inducted into the world of Womanhood and got to go down the 'Big Girl Aisle" at the drugstore, looking back, I realize what an impact Ms. Blume had on my life. I have re-read Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret, at least 20 times throughout the years and each time I read it I reflect back on different periods of my younger self and where I am at that phase in my life and I realize just how thankful I am.
For everytime I've said, Are You There God? It's Me, Kristi, I always seem to find an answer somewhere in my heart.