The Fitting Room

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15 Responses

  1. This makes we want to flash forward to what she will right about her on daughter some day. It’s just lovely.

  2. Joanne says:

    Your own empathy and pride are the best gifts to your daughter. And, damn, I love an organized young woman!

  3. jenny_o says:

    Ack! You made my heart fill up along with yours, and I teared up when you burst into tears. What a sweet ending. I hope your daughter has SUCH a good time.

  4. actonbell says:

    Did you say that no one wanted this story? Unbelievable. It made me cry, too.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Thank you for this, my friend. I wrote it last fall as a submission for a special “teen” issue being put out by an online magazine that I greatly admire; after ten weeks, I found out it was a rejection. So then I submitted it to another place. Nope. Last night, I finally thought, “What am I doing? Hit publish, Jocelyn!”

  5. Meg says:

    Yeah, okay, now I’m crying too! I love that you didn’t just accept the “I’ll wear any old dress” and instead nudged her toward a discovery of her own. I can relate to this post so much and I’m glad you didn’t bury it somewhere.

  6. Anyone who wouldn’t LEAP to publish this is a stone cold IDIOT.
    Gorgeous and perfect and light and deep all at the same time.

  7. alexandra says:

    This is a winner.

    You’ve got to try motherlode. Send it to KJ Dell’Antonia

  8. It strikes me, reading this, that because I had sons, I never faced the re-living of my adolescence through my daughter.

  9. Bone says:

    I never give it much though when I have something rejected. “I’m not that great,” I easily think. But I’ve had friends who have had splendid pieces rejected. Time and again. Words that are far better than much of what I see in print. And it makes me wonder who is rejecting some of these works. And it becomes easy to question if anyone has really read them at all.

    Anyway, I say all that to say… this was excellent. And I did read the whole thing. And I would not have rejected it.

  10. Leigh Ann says:

    This is so lovely. I have three girls, and it’s my biggest hope that I will maintain enough of a rapport with them that they will even consider any dress I suggest to them, and my even bigger hope that they’ll share some of their teenage lives with me. (And I agree with Alexandra on motherlode.)

  11. Magpie says:

    Oh swoon. What a great bit of writing, by a terrific mother to a lovely girl.

  12. Shelly says:

    What exquisite, poignant loveliness.

  13. kmkat says:

    You do know WHY she is so well-adjusted and comfortable in her own skin, don’t you? Hint: grab Byron and drag the both of you to your reflection in a mirror. That’s why.

  14. This…is amazing. My daughter is three, and this is how I see her already; I can’t wait to watch her grow! I was bullied and taken advantage of and abused. I fear for her…but I don’t want to project my experience onto her. She’s her own amazing person, and can walk a better part, and hopefully having parents who care about and support her will help make that difference.

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